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Kent County Sheriff's Office becomes second accredited sheriff's office in the state

Kent County Sheriff Administrative Building
Kent County Sheriff's Office
Kent County Sheriff Administrative Building

KCSO's formal accreditation was given by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP).

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office, or KCSO, officially received accreditation this week, becoming only the second accredited sheriff’s office in the state of Michigan.

Accreditation, or formal verification, was given by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police proving that KCSO meets established quality standards.

Public safety organizations often seek formal accreditation to demonstrate their competence and reliability.

Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young said the KCSO had to comply with 108 standards and pass an on-site assessment in order to receive accredited status. She says KCSO invested significant resources into their policies, procedures, and training initiatives to ensure alignment with industry best practices and the evolving needs of the community.

The accreditation will formally be given to the sheriff’s office at an upcoming Kent County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Dave joined WGVU Public Media in November of 2023 after eighteen years as a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Emmy-nominated photojournalist and editor at Grand Rapids' WOOD TV8 and three years at WEYI TV25 in Flint, Michigan. As a General Assignment Reporter, Dave covers daily news and community events all over West Michigan.
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