Jefferson County, Colorado – On January 21, 2012, The American Correctional Association (ACA) awarded the 4th accreditation certificate to the Jefferson County Detention Facility of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The award was presented in conjunction with the American Correctional Association Conference in Phoenix, Az.
The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on national standards that have evolved since the founding of the association in 1870. The standards were developed by national leaders from the field of corrections, law, architecture, healthcare, and other groups who are interested in sound correctional management.
ACA standards address services, programs and operations essential to effective correctional management. Through accreditation, the sheriff’s office is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety to staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical, up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for agencies and facilities throughout the world.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA); the National Commission on Correction Health Care (NCCHC); and the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLAD).
The three-year accreditation award granted to the Jefferson County Detention Facility does not signal the end of their involvement in the accreditation process. During the awards period, staff will work to improve any deficiencies identified during the audit and maintain continuous compliance with the standards.