Sheriff’s Office Accreditation at the Top of Candidate’s Platform

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Contact Person:           Campaign Manager – Lacey (Groelle) Sonntag @ 608-290-3282

May 17, 2018

Sheriff’s Office Accreditation at the Top of Candidate’s Platform

Rock County Sheriff Democratic candidate Gary L. Groelle has announced that, if elected in the 2018 Sheriff’s race, he will oversee the Sheriff’s Office accreditation process through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG). Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The key to any successful accreditation system lies in the consensus of published standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.

The move to accredit law enforcement agencies began in 1979. In 1995, Wisconsin joined the ranks of states developing accreditation programs designed to embrace best practices emerging throughout the country, while addressing circumstances unique to policing in our state. Some of the benefits of accreditation include:

  • Promoting excellence and professionalism within law enforcement through voluntary compliance with recognized best practices.
  • Providing a basis for enhanced sense of professionalism and pride for agencies and agency personnel.
  • Establishing confidence that your agency is in functional compliance through an independent review and evaluation of agency operations.
  • Nurturing opportunities to network and collaborate with other professional agencies and organizations.

Currently, there are 41 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin that are accredited by WILEAG, including four within Rock County. The Beloit Township Police Department, Evansville Police Department, Janesville Police Department, and Milton Police Department have earned accreditation. Within those 41 agencies, only three are Sheriff Offices.

Captain Gary L. Groelle explained that successful accreditation through WILEAG requires agencies to complete a very extensive and thorough evaluation process of the entire department. It has typically taken previous agencies 12-18 months to complete, and Groelle’s goal for the Rock County Sheriff Office would be the same. The costs associated with the accreditation would be approximately $1,650.00 for the initial year and then $600.00 annually. Groelle stated he would more than likely cease the use of Lexipol program. Lexipol is a California-based company that Rock County has contracted with for the last four to five years to assist in writing department policies and providing on-line daily training bulletins to employees. In doing so, the Sheriff’s Office would have a yearly savings of approximately $8,000-$10,000 dollars.

For more information on the WILEAG organization and accreditation process go to:




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