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Morris County Sheriff’s Office attains CALEA Reaccreditation Award

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has awarded the Morris County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Bureau of Law Enforcement its eighth reaccreditation recognition.

In a ceremony held in Montgomery, Alabama, Sheriff James M. Gannon and the MCSO Accreditation Team were reviewed, honored, and presented with the certification. CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations and is the international gold standard in public safety evaluation.

In October 2023, CALEA Assessor Dennis Nelson completed his four-day onsite assessment. In his final report he noted Sheriff James M. Gannon, and the entire Morris County Sheriff’s Office are committed to the accreditation process. All officers interviewed were knowledgeable and engaged in their job function. This translated into accreditation being imbedded in the culture of the Office.

Assessor Nelson added this is clearly an important aspect to the Sheriff, and it shows throughout the agency in as everyone’s performance is as natural as breathing. This on-site review was the final step in the process towards achieving reaccreditation that also included a review of policies, practices, and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards.

Sheriff Gannon remarked how thankful he was for the detailed and thorough report given by Assessor Nelson and CALEA.

“We welcomed Assessor Nelson to come in. It is important for an agency to have oversight by an outside source. Accreditation has been prescribed to over the years and because of that, it becomes a part of the agency’s DNA,” Gannon said.

Sheriff Gannon remarked how the MCSO becomes the subject matter experts in specialized disciplines of law enforcement. The agency is often looked to for assistance and resources and as such it is a “yes” organization. When the request is made, MCSO delivers. Through training and execution, and repeated training and execution, performance becomes second nature.

“I am pleased to learn that the Morris County Sheriff’s Office has again achieved recertification by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. I have no doubt that the MCSO would satisfy all the applicable standards for accreditation, knowing that the MCSO leadership under Sheriff Gannon has developed a model of good and responsive law enforcement for all their operations. Sheriff Gannon is an outstanding example of what a law enforcement officer should be, highly intelligent and principled, scrupulously honest, and absolutely dedicated to the best standards of his profession. He has innovated new community and criminal justice programs that have become the model not only in New Jersey, but indeed, nationally. Sheriff Gannon is also universally recognized as a respected leader who believes in teamwork by coordinating law enforcement resources to maximize the protection for all our citizens. I am proud to call him my friend and partner in confronting crime in Morris County, and I can say that there is no better officer in law enforcement than Jim Gannon,” Morris County Prosecutor Robert Carroll said.

“On behalf of the Morris County Chiefs Association, and all Morris County Chiefs of Police, congratulations to Sheriff Gannon and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office as they have achieved this milestone of their eighth consecutive CALEA reaccreditation. Having been an accreditation manager, I know the effort that goes into achieving the accreditation status. The Morris County Chiefs of Police value our partnership with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the invaluable services they provide. From crime scene processing, the assistance of K-9, community outreach services such as Hope One and RSVP3, and active shooter training, the municipal law enforcement agencies of Morris County could not serve our communities at the high level we do without each and every member of the Sheriff’s Office providing critical support. All of Morris County should know, our citizens are provided with top notch, best practice services by Sheriff James Gannon and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office,” Morris Plains Police Chief Michael Koroski said.

“I am so very thankful to all the personnel of the Bureau of Law Enforcement who, day in and day out, deliver the level of professionalism expected of the people of Morris County and outlined in the CALEA accreditation process. I especially want to thank our accreditation team of Detective Lieutenant Tracy Medwin, Sergeant Travis Somerville, Corporal Laura Bertelli, and Sheriff’s Officer Ashley Craig for their exceptional work in attaining this very notable accomplishment,” Gannon said.

The MCSO adheres to 461 policy standards ensuring the agency operates within best practices. The agency was reported to be strong in the delivery of services to the public and strong in the recruitment and retention of officers.

The MCSO is a triple crown award recipient. The agency is accredited in corrections standards by the American Correctional Association (ACA), correctional health care standards through the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare (NCCHC), law enforcement accreditation through CALEA, and is certified by the HIGHLANDS Group as a top agency meeting the industry standards in crime scene investigation (the first in New Jersey).

Sheriff Gannon continues to invite scrutiny from these gold standard organizations as a way of “kicking the tires” and the agency is consistently seeking the input of municipal, county, state, and federal partners as well.

He meets regularly, and individually, with all 328 members of his staff to gauge his performance and to seek better processes for what we do. Ultimately, however, it is the citizens of Morris County that appear at the apex of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office table of organization.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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