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Posted on: November 18, 2017

York County Sheriff’s Office awarded accreditation with excellence for the second time

SHeriff Tolson shaking hands with CALEA board members

York County Sheriff’s Office awarded accreditation with excellence for the second time

YORK COUNTY, SC – York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson is excited to announce the York County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded Accreditation with Excellence from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., (CALEA).  This is the second time the York County Sheriff’s Office has received this prestigious designation.

On November 18th, 2017, Sheriff Tolson and Accreditation Manager Lt. Kevin Jones and Master Deputy Kim Morehouse appeared before the CALEA Commission Board in Jacksonville, Florida and were told that the York County Sheriff’s Office had earned the highest accreditation award given to law enforcement agencies by CALEA.

“I'm very proud of this award and proud of all of the men and women at the Sheriff’s Office who work to adhere and hold themselves to the high standards that this award requires,” said Sheriff Tolson.

The York County Sheriff’s Office first earned Law Enforcement Accreditation through CALEA in 2008.  This accreditation status is subject to review on a three-year cycle and 2017 was the York County Sheriff’s Office’s fourth review.  This intensive process consists of inspecting files, conducting inspections, and interviewing Sheriff’s Office personnel on policy and procedures.    

CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations in an effort to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioner. Additional information regarding CALEA can be found at

Sheriff Tolson, Lt. Kevin Jones & Dep. Kim Morehouse

Sheriff Tolson, Lt. Jones & Deputy Kim Morehouse sitting at a table during CALEA conference

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