The Office of Accreditation and Standards is a component of Support Services under the direction of Captain Lenda Clark who reports
to the Director of Support Services, G. A. Bennett. Lieutenant Max Templeton is currently assigned as the Accreditation Manager.
The adherence to professional standards is the foundation of any organization. The importance of these standards in the private sector
can be the difference in staying in business or shutting down. However the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel as public
servants are accountable to the citizens of Hamilton County, making it even more critical. Citizens may choose which services or products
they wish to purchase in the private sector but in public safety only one choice is available. When you call, you expect the most
professionally trained Sheriff’s Deputy possible to handle your need.
In November 2013 the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded by CALEA (The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement)
the certificate of Advanced Accreditation. Simply put, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office complies with (482) best practice
standards set forth by a (21) person commission of the most brilliant minds in Law Enforcement to date.
These standards (directives/policies) will affect all areas of the HCSO, addressing nine major law enforcement subjects:
- role, responsibilities and relationships with other agencies
- organization, management and administration
- personnel structure
- personnel process
- operations support
- traffic operations
- detainee and court-related activities
- auxiliary and technical services
- Proper comprehensive training
CALEA® requires that agencies develop a comprehensive, well-thought-out, uniform set of written directives which rigorously
look at each of the subjects listed above, make the necessary changes and standardize them with all the other accredited agencies
in the United States.
Benefits of Accreditation
Greater accountability within the agency.
CALEA Standards give the Chief Executive Officer a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined
lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.
Reduced risk and liability exposure
Many agencies report a reduction in their liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees.
Stronger defense against civil lawsuits
Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits. Also, many agencies report a decline in
legal actions against them, once they become accredited.
Staunch support from government officials
Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management,
and service-delivery.Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and
meet community needs.
Increased community advocacy
Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and
citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about
Lieutenant Max Templeton
6233 Dayton Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37343
Phone: (423) 209-8952
Fax: (423) 209-8943