Accreditation and Awards
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has earned the Triple Crown Award because it’s accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, The American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections, and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.
Achieving these accreditations individually is a daunting task. Acquiring all three at the same time is an extraordinary feat. In fact, the Triple Crown distinction is so rare, that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 40 Sheriffs’ Offices have qualified.
DCSO also holds Public Safety Communication Accreditation.
While we recognize every person in our organization is a dedicated public servant, some set themselves apart by acts of heroism and meritorious public service. The Professional Standards Division plays an integral role in identifying and recognizing devoted employees. Every year, the standing awards committee selects a civilian, volunteer, and sworn member to recognize as the respective employee of the quarter.
Other Awards and Honors
Medal of Valor
The Medal of Valor recognizes employees who have risked their lives in the line of duty or performed under life-threatening conditions above and beyond their required scope of duty while protecting the lives of others. The Medal of Valor is the highest award this office presents in recognition of personal bravery.
The Purple Heart is awarded to employees who suffer serious line of duty injuries caused by the act of an aggressor and which are directly related to their law enforcement or detention service, either on or off-duty.
The Sheriff’s Cross is awarded to employees who suffer serious line of duty injuries which are directly related to their law enforcement service, either on or off-duty.
The Life Saving award is presented to those members of the sheriff’s office or residents who exhibit extraordinary performance that results in saving a human life.
Ronald M. King Community Service Award
Ronald M. King was a long-term Douglas County Deputy Sheriff who had a special interest in youth issues. Deputy King lost his life in the line of duty of May 21, 1999 doing the job he loved, but left unfinished. The Ronald M. King Community Service Award was created to recognize a Douglas County resident or organization, and a public law enforcement officer for their outstanding contribution to youth issues.