Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Receives

Re-accreditation by Pa. Chiefs of Police Association


Delaware County Sheriff Jerry L. Sanders, Jr. announced today that the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) notified him that the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has completed the “necessary qualifications and mandatory requirements” of the Pa. Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC) and has been recertified and awarded the Certificate of Law Enforcement Accreditation for the third time.

According to PCPA, “Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance [with] the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives”. Designed, developed and overseen by law enforcement professionals, the PLEAC process assures that the highest standards of law enforcement are achieved and maintained by agencies achieving accreditation in Pennsylvania.

The long process of accreditation has been on-going since the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office was first accredited on this date in 2012. The program requires a thorough evaluation of all Sheriff’s Office policies, procedures and practices.

“Achievement of the certification each time would not have been possible without the full cooperation of every employee of the Sheriff’s Office,” said Delaware County Sheriff Jerry Sanders. “I am very grateful to each of them for their dedication to the process and its successful outcome. Specifically, I want to thank Captain Michellene Conte who directed the department through the arduous requirements of the PLEAC process. Her contributions to the effort were vitally important to its continuing success.”

The new Certificate of Law Enforcement Accreditation was presented to Sheriff Sanders by Mr. Richard E. Hammon, Accreditation Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association at the Sheriff’s Office today. At the presentation the Sheriff and Mr. Hammon were joined by Chief Deputy Michael Donohue, Captain Michellene Conte, Recorder of Deeds Mary Walk and County Controller Joanne Phillips.




The Pa. Chiefs of Police Association presents its Certificate of Law Enforcement Accreditation to Sheriff Jerry L. Sanders, Jr. and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in recognition of its having fulfilled the necessary qualifications and mandatory requirements of the Pa. Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. This is the third time since 2012 that the Sheriff’s Office has qualified for accreditation. Shown at the presentation are (l to r): Delaware County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Michael Donohue; Richard E. Hammon, Pa. Chiefs of Police Association; Delaware County Sheriff Jerry L. Sanders, Jr; Captain Michellene Conte; Delaware County Recorder of Deeds Mary Walk; Delaware County Controller Joanne Phillips.