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Maj. Bill Smith, Lt. Irene Ruiz, Lisa Plum and Capt. Daniel Higgins display the jail’s accreditation certificate.

Staff reports

The Cherokee County jail was awarded accreditation by the American Correctional Association last weekend in Boston.

“I am very pleased our detention center was awarded ACA accreditation and want to thank all the employees who worked very hard to make this happen,” Sheriff Frank Reynolds said Thursday.

The sheriff’s office embarked on the extensive ACA accreditation process in November of 2017. The ACA establishes the highest standards for all aspects on jail facilities, employee performance, and on policies and procedures.

“There are several benefits to obtaining ACA accreditation. It ensures that best practices in the Adult Detention Center are being followed, it creates a safer environment for employees and inmates, it can reduce insurance premiums for the agency, and it improves staff morale and professionalism,” sheriff’s office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker said Thursday.

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office was first nationally accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies in 1996. The agency’s detention medical unit was nationally accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare in 2004. The latest ACA accreditation was the final step for the agency to reach “Triple Crown” status which will be awarded by the National Sheriff’s Association to the sheriff’s office in coming weeks.

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