The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is designated by the National Sheriffs’ Association as a “Triple Crown” agency.
The 20,000 member organization awards “Triple Crown” designations to Sheriff’s Offices which demonstrate outstanding commitment to public safety, security and well-being of jail inmates and efficient business practices.
“You are one of only 37 Sheriff’s Offices in the United States to have attained this designation,” said Aaron D. Kennard, Executive Director of the NSA.
The “Triple Crown” designation was prompted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office receiving national accreditation for the Shelby County Jail men’s and women’s facilities, a separate accreditation for the jail’s medical unit, and accreditation for the Sheriff’s Office law enforcement division.
Accreditation certificates for the jail and law enforcement divisions require the Sheriff’s Office to follow hundreds of “best practice” procedures and document those practices in the daily operations of the department.
The men’s jail was first accredited by the American Corrections Association (ACA) in 2006 and the women’s jail was accredited by ACA in 2007. Also in 2007, the jail medical unit was accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). In March of 2008, the law enforcement division of the Sheriff’s Office was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Accreditation for the Shelby County Jail
In 2006, the men’s division of the Shelby County Jail at 201 Poplar received national accreditation. That was the first time the prestigious designation had been received by the men’s facility since it opened in 1981. The women’s division of the Shelby County Jail received national accreditation in 2007 by the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (C.A.C.), which is part of the American Correctional Association (A.C.A.). This is the first time the women’s jail has received this prestigious designation since the facility opened in East Memphis in 1999. Additionally, the jail’s medical unit is also accredited by a separate accreditation organization, National Commission on Corrections Healthcare, (N.C.C.H.).
An accreditation standards review team personally visits the jail facilities to examine the policies, procedures and the staff’s knowledge of operations. The accreditation award to both facilities is part of an on-going process. Accreditation inspectors will visit the jail every three years and review policies, procedures and the daily operations to ensure they meet the rigid national accreditation standards.
The Accreditation Office researches, updates and maintains all the Policies and Standard Operating Procedures for the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the Shelby County Jail. The Shelby County Men’s Jail was approved for re-accreditation by the ACA Board in 2009 and the Women’s Jail was approved for re-accreditation in 2010.
Accreditation for Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division
In March of 2008, for the first time in the history of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Law Enforcement Division received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA.
The accreditation certificate was awarded to the Sheriff, members of his command staff and the Sheriff’s Office Accreditation & Policy Bureau at a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia. The historic milestone was the culmination of almost four years of preparation by employees in the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement and Administrative Divisions.
In December 2010, examiners with CALEA spent four days visiting various Sheriff’s Office bureaus examining policies, procedures, management practices, operations, and support services. The review team was comprised of two former and current law enforcement officers:
- Inspector John Rankin, Seminole County, Florida Sheriff’s Office (Team Leader)
- Sergeant David Finck. Monmouth County, New Jersey Sheriff’s Office
“The CALEA team unanimously voted to accredit the Sheriff’s Office. Our receiving this designation has provided both our staff and the citizens we serve with a renewed sense of confidence that the Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Division is one of the best in the nation,” said Chief Deputy W. S. Cash.
The accreditation certificate is valid for three years, during which the Sheriff’s Office must submit annual reports to document continued compliance with the 464 law enforcement CALEA standards.
The Law Enforcement Division of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was approved by the CALEA Commissioners for re-accreditation in March 2011.