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Deschutes County SO earns fifth accreditation


The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office earned the fifth re-accreditation from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance for Patrol, Investigation and Administrative services, Sheriff Shane Nelson announced Thursday.

The Oregon Accreditation Alliance establishes professional standards of accountability, management, operations and best practices for Patrol and Investigation Services across the state.

It exists to improve the quality of law enforcement agencies in Oregon and ultimately, the quality of services provided to the citizens of the state.

Accreditation gives agencies independent confirmation that their policies and practices comply with a higher level of professional standards, Nelson said.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office joined the Oregon Accreditation Alliance in March 2002 and received the initial accreditation in April 2004. Re-accreditation was awarded in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

The entire report can be found by going to their website: then follow the “About Us” tab to “History” and “Accreditation” You will find the report on a link at the bottom of the page.

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