The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program exists to improve the quality of law enforcement agencies in the State of Tennessee and ultimately the quality of services provided to the citizens of Tennessee.
The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association Chiefs of Police which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management, and operations.
"One of the goals of TLEA is to offer a solution to any size police agency to improve their professionalism and to publically demonstrate proficiency in their profession. Our department recognized that we did not address all essential standards in our operating procedures. We decided to enter into the TLEA program because it is a step-by-step outline that we felt would help us to enhance officer safety, promote public relations, and reduce civil litigation. We are very proud of our accomplishment and our small contribution to heighten law enforcement professionalism throughout the State of Tennessee".
The Sevier County Sheriff's Office was first awarded State Accreditation Certification in 2014.
In order to maintain accreditation status, every three years we must meet all one hundred and sixty (160) standards of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (TLEA) which means we repeat the process over the next three years after each accreditation achievement.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2017, the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office received our second Certificate of Meritorious Accreditation.