From the Botetourt Sheriff’s Office: Fincastle, VA – It was announced at the December 1st meeting of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) that the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office was successfully accredited for the fourth time. A team of assessors representing the Commission visited the agency during the week of October 19th and found it in full compliance with all standards required for successful accreditation. In order to be accredited, agencies must show compliance with 190 standards relating to law enforcement functions. Examples of areas covered are evidence functions, traffic enforcement, and personnel policies. In the case of agencies seeking re-accreditation they must show proof of compliance for all standards for each year of the accreditation term. There are currently 92 law enforcement agencies accredited by VLEPSC throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office was initially accredited in 2003. The agency undergoes re-accreditation every 4 years and was last re-accredited in 2011. The next assessment will take place in October 2019. Deputy Greg Marshall has served as the agency’s accreditation manager since 2000. Sheriff Sprinkle would like to thank the community, staff, and cooperating agencies that have assisted the Sheriff’s Office with achieving this important goal.