The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that we have been recommended for re-accreditation by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
This accomplishment marks the third re-accreditation the office will have received since becoming the first accredited sheriff’s office in the commonwealth in January, 2010.
An assessment team from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission conducted on-site evaluations, courthouse observations and ride-alongs with deputies in July, and a letter recommending re-accreditation was recently received from the program’s administrator.
Formal recognition of re-accreditation will take place at a ceremony in Harrisburg on November 21, pending assessment reviews by each member of the commission.
The assessment consisted of a 133-point criteria review of facilities, policies and procedures for compliance with the commission’s standards and best practices.
“The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is clearly an agency that values the accreditation program as it presents an opportunity to demonstrate that it follows the best practices set forth in the PLEAC standards,” the commission report stated in its summary.
“The personnel we interacted with all have a professional attitude and presence. When presented with the information that a standard was not in compliance, they immediately went to work to rectify the situation. It was clear that they are professionals.”
The re-accreditation process was facilitated by the leadership of Lt. Allen Stewart, MCSO Accreditation Manager, and his team; Cpl. Ryan Volk; Cpl. Timothy Metz; and MCSO Records Manager/Data Analyst Gayle O’Neill; along with deputies Mike Wambold, Tom Oelschlager, Grier Conrad and Andrew Cox, who escorted the assessment team in the field.
Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny congratulated the command staff, deputies, and civilian support staff for their meticulous preparation and year-round commitment to excellence.
“Earning our re-accreditation is a testament to the daily hard work and professionalism exhibited by everybody working at the MCSO,” said Kilkenny.
“It also serves as a reaffirmation of our commitment to protecting and serving the citizens of the County with honesty, integrity and transparency.”