The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is one of seven North Carolina agencies chosen in the fall of 2021 to participate in a pilot program launching the North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation (NCLEA) process. To achieve NCLEA accreditation, an agency needs to demonstrate compliance with 115 standards addressing the most critical matters of safety, policy, training, and daily operation. Accreditation allows agencies to prove their compliance with professional standards and agency best practices to a body of trained, external assessors. It demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the training and policy development necessary to best protect the public and provide superlative community service. Sheriff Charles Blackwood appointed Sergeant Jason Huey as the accreditation manager for the process, which typically takes up to two years to complete.