The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office received international accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA) on November 21, 2015. The Sheriff's Office is one of only six agencies in the State of Maine to be accredited by CALEA. On November 21, 2019, Cumberland County SO completed a four-year re-accreditation cycle and was re-accredited by CALEA. CCSO is one of only 779 law enforcement agencies in the country to currently hold the Law Enforcement Accreditation status.
Accreditation is a continuous process that includes demonstrating compliance with national standards and best practices through an annual review process, culminating in an on-site assessment by CALEA personnel once every four years. During annual reviews and the on-site assessment, experienced public safety practitioners examine all aspects of the Sheriff's Office including policies and procedures, management, operations, training, and support services. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has completed it's on-site assessment as of this June and the Sheriff will be attending the CALEA Conference in November of this year to receive our certificate.
In support of the accreditation process, CALEA maintains an access portal that allows for comment and feedback with regard to candidate agencies seeking initial accreditation or reaccreditation status. This portal access is provided as an opportunity for comments, commendations, and other information regarding the agency's quality of service or other information relevant to the accreditation process. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Accreditation Public Comment Portal can be found at the link below.
The needs of our community are complex and ever-changing. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office works diligently ensuring that our staff are trained in the latest methods of police and corrections procedures in order that we may provide best practices in service.
Each year we provide over 20,000 hours of training. Along with the mandatory state trainings, the Sheriff's Office provides specialized relevant trainings such as information and procedures to respond to the opioid crisis, active shooter training and crime scene processing.
Through creative and innovative planning we provide critical information in a cost effective manner.
Professional Standards involves ensuring that we design the best policies and procedures to provide our citizens and our employees the best services possible. This requires us to reach out to others in the field to learn and expand our knowledge base.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is the proud recipient of three accreditation certifications:
American Corrections Association -ACA
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies - CALEA
National Commission on Correctional Health Care - NCCHC
These certifications are hard won. It takes the whole agency to become a success at each, and each is a long and detailed process. We are very proud to offer you state of the art humane and relevant services.