County 911 system receives national recognition

April 13, 2010

By Staff

For the first time, the King County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement.

Commissioners conferred the award to the center March 27. The sheriff’s office announced the honor last week.

Accreditation culminated a rigorous, 28-month process to meet more than 200 standards of professional communications excellence.

Evaluators examined how the communications center conducts business in January, as part of the accreditation process. The team reviewed policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

The center handles 911 calls from unincorporated King County, 12 cities, Metro Transit Police, King County Airport Police and King County Animal Care and Control. Emergency 911 calls made within Issaquah route to the Issaquah Police Department.

“I am very pleased our comm center met the very exacting standards of CALEA,” Sheriff Sue Rahr said in a news release. “It demonstrates the high level of law enforcement services and commitment our employees offer to the citizens of King County.”

The accreditation lasts for three years before the center will be verified again.

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