Accreditation and Professional Standards

Accreditation is a system of verification in which correctional facilities comply with standards through a series of reviews, evaluations, surveys and audits. The state of Virginia has mandated that all local jails meet minimum standards set forth by the Department of Corrections for the life, health and safety of inmates.

In 2016, the Hampton Sheriff`s Office continued it`s triple crown status by maintaining simultaneous accreditation with three national international law bodies.

  • The American Correctional Association (ACA)
  • The National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
  • The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Quality Assurance Team (QAT) is a group of Hampton Sheriff`s Office staff who conduct announced and unannounced inspections of HSO facilities and operations in order to ensure the Office compliance with standards.

The team inspects all areas and operations with a goal of discovering deficiencies, make recommendations to processes and implement changes to policy and training.