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Bucks County Sheriff's Office Earns Accreditation from PA Law Enforcement Accreditation Committee (PLEAC)

June 27, 2013

Bucks County Sheriff's Office Earns Accreditation from PA Law Enforcement Accreditation Committee (PLEAC)

During the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association 100th Annual Conference Wednesday, June 26 in Harrisburg, the Bucks County Sheriff's Office achieved a long-anticipated milestone. During the meeting, the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Committee (PLEAC) Assessment reports were scrutinized and the committee determined that the Bucks County Sheriff's Office has met the standards to be recognized as an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency.

"On behalf of my hard-working staff, I am extremely pleased to earn this accreditation on behalf of the residents of Bucks County," Sheriff Edward "Duke" Donnelly stated. "This process has validated the work we do on a daily basis."

The Bucks County Sheriff's Office was assessed on May 30-31, 2013. The Accreditation team consisted of law enforcement professionals from Lancaster, State College and Delaware County. These assessors, who are trained by PLEAC, conducted this two-day inspection to ensure that the Bucks County Sheriff's Office is in compliance with the standards of excellence set forth by PLEAC. In summary, the PLEAC report read:

"The Bucks County Sheriff's Office is a professional law enforcement agency organized for the delivery of excellent services to the people of Bucks County. The directives reviewed by the Assessment Team were consistent with the standards established by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The attention to detail, agency discipline in implementing and consistently reinforcing the applicable standards and constant striving for excellence in service were clearly evident throughout the assessment process. The Bucks County Sheriff's Office is a mission-oriented law enforcement organization that the people of Bucks County should be proud of."

Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. There are over 1,000 law enforcement agencies throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Only 94 have earned accreditation.

The Bucks County Sheriff's Office becomes only the fourth Sheriff's Office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to be an Accredited Law Enforcement agency. The others are Montgomery County, Delaware County and Northampton County.