Comments on sheriff’s office invited

The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, October 25 at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the lobby area of the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office located at 429 East Central Avenue in Raeford. Public comments will be conducted via Zoom with assessors due to COVID-19. Masks are required.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff’s Office. Local contact is Lt. Jennifer Lewis (910) 875-1222.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to comply the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville, Va. 20155.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (910) 878-1217 on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

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