The Bucks County Sheriff’s Office was recently named an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, joining several other county police departments that have been recognized for quality standards by the agency.
The accreditation program was developed in 2001, according to the association's website, to help “evaluate and improve” the overall performance of police departments. Departments are assessed by members of the association for various procedures, such as use-of-force training and evidence maintenance.
According to the association’s website, six other Bucks County police departments have already earned accreditation: Warminster Township, Middletown Township, Upper Southampton Township, Dublin Borough, Falls Township, and Quakertown Borough.
Three other sheriff's offices in the state have also previously earned accreditation: Montgomery County, Delaware County and Northampton County.
In a statement, Bucks County Sheriff Edward “Duke” Donnelly said he was proud that the office earned the distinction.
“This process has validated the work we do on a daily basis,” he said.