Meridian, Miss. It's been said that with hard work comes great rewards and employees of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department are benefitting from that hard work. The Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission recently announced that the sheriff's department is being re-accredited in the State of Mississippi. A process that took up to three years with the final on-site assessment of the department on June 8th through the 10th.
"They went through our records and contacted community members here locally," Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said. "A motion was made, seconded, and a unanimous vote to re-accredit us as a professional law enforcement agency was conducted by the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission."
With hundreds of law enforcement agencies scattered throughout the state, the sheriff's department is one of only about 2 dozen other agencies that have been accredited.
"There are 26 agencies throughout the entire State of Mississippi that have received state accreditation," said Sollie. "We were the first to go through the accreditation and now we are the first to go through the fourth edition of the set of standards that have been established by the state."
Many benefits come along with a state accreditation, but none can possibly mean more to the agency than the community understanding and support that they are doing business with a professional law enforcement agency.
"This reaffirms to our customers, the citizens of Lauderdale County, that we are a professional agency and do business in a professional manner," said Sollie. "We are proud of the men and women who have helped us achieve this standard of a professionally accredited agency."
Although the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department is accredited for the next three years, it is already preparing documentation for three years from now.
The Philadelphia Police Department is the only other law enforcement agency in the WTOK viewing area to receive accreditation.