LCSD Seeks Re-Accreditation

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The next few days are important for the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department.

You may recall that three years ago it received state accreditation, becoming the first in Mississippi to attain that.

This week, it's up for accreditation again. The LCSD actually remains the only sheriff's department in the state to be accredited.

And Sheriff Sollie says this is a distinction the department plans to receive again this year.

Last month a mock assessment was held and the sheriff was told to fix a couple of issues, but he says they have since been corrected and he is confident the department will achieve its re-accreditation status.

"We went through a mock assessment last month and they found a few files that needed tweaking, but those were not enough to kick us out, so to speak, so we feel confident that when we have our exit interviews we will be all smiles around here and start breathing again," Sollie said.

"The process of that is for us to take a look at their evidence room, their narcotics room, their patrol division, their units, to make sure everything is in compliance with those standards," said Bob Morgan, alliance manager for the accreditation process.

The representatives from the state will be in Lauderdale County through Thursday.

The Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Program began back in 2004. The state is one of 17 nationwide to have such a program. It requires that law enforcement agencies meet 123 total standards to get the accreditation.

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