Inspector Dan Isgett commands the Office of Professional Standards. The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for the agency’s Administrative Investigations, Polygraph & Background Investigations, Grants, Accreditation, Recruitment, Planning and Research, and Emergency Operations.
Professional Standards Unit
Sheriff Lewis created the Office of Professional Standards Division and the Internal Affairs unit to investigate serious incidents and coordinate citizens complaint investigations. This unit is also responsible for conducting background investigations for all Sheriff’s Office applicants. Applicants for Deputy Sheriff positions must successfully pass an extensive background process. This includes driver’s license and criminal history checks, credit checks and verification of employment and education records. It also includes a reading comprehension test, a physical abilities test, a polygraph examination and medical and psychological screening.
In 2018, The Professional Standards unit:
National and State Accreditation
The Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office is committed to ensuring that we meet the national and state standards for law enforcement excellence. B.C.S.O was awarded their initial National Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2013.
We achieved reaccreditation in 2016. We are one of only nine Nationally Accredited Sheriff’s Offices in South Carolina. Law Enforcement Accreditation is a voluntary program that benefits the citizens of Berkeley County.
Accreditation increases community advocacy, reduces risk and liability exposure, provides greater accountability within the Sheriff’s Office and a stronger defense against civil lawsuits. The accreditation on-site assessment provides an independent and objective peer review of the Sheriff’s Office policies, programs and practices. During the On-Site review, CALEA Assessors review accreditation files and conduct interviews with agency personnel and members of the community. Assessors also conduct inspections and observations of equipment, facilities and high liability areas.
The Office of Professional Standards also develops long term plans and reports. Every year, the agency’s multi-year plan is updated and reviewed. This plan addresses the organizational structure, population trends, calls for service, personnel levels, capital improvements and long-term goals and operational objectives.
Annual reports are also provided to the Sheriff and Command Staff for use of force, pursuits, recruitment, response to active threats, biased policing, grievances, internal affairs, task force reviews, specialized unit reviews, audits of property and evidence, central records password audits, juvenile justice programs, personnel early warning system review and annual goals and objectives.