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The Habersham County Sheriff's Office demonstrates a commitment to professional

excellence through state certification. The Sheriff's Office received its first certification

from the State of Georgia in June of 2013. The State Certification Program assists the

Sheriff's Office in demonstrating that we have met and maintain established professional

standards through a uniformed set of policies and procedures that clearly define the

authority and responsibilities, strengthening our accountability to the county we serve.

This program assist with the Sheriff's Office pursuit  of professional excellence. 

Certification is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of certification lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by a joint executive committee that the agency has met the requirements for certification. Certification status represents a significant professional achievement. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

  • Confirmation that agency practices are consistent with progressive professional standards

  • Greater operational and administrative effectiveness

  • Enhanced understanding of agency policies and practices

  • Greater public confidence in the agency

  • Recognition in the field of outstanding achievement

  • Reduced liability potential

  • Greater governmental and community support

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If you have a question regarding our State Certification, please contact Certification Manager Janice Haslup at at (706)839-0507 or email 

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