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SBI high standards affirmed, announces AG Cooper

Release date: 4/18/2006

State Bureau of Investigation wins unanimous reaccreditation

Raleigh: The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has won accreditation for the fourth time in a decade, Attorney General Roy Cooper and SBI Director Robin Pendergraft announced today.

“Our State Bureau of Investigation works hard to use the latest technology to fight crime and make our communities safer,” Cooper said. “I’m proud of the men and women of our SBI for their commitment to excellence.”

“Once again, the SBI has earned accreditation because of our agents’ and employees’ hard work and dedication,” said Pendergraft. “The SBI will continue to strive to meet the highest standards as we work to solve crimes and protect the people of our state.”

On Saturday morning, March 25, 2006, the SBI was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), an independent organization that certifies law enforcement agencies around the world. Agencies that seek accreditation must undergo intensive scrutiny and peer review.

The SBI earned high marks following a thorough assessment by CALEA, including a five-day-long on-site review that took place in December 2005. The SBI has been accredited by CALEA since 1995 and was the first state law enforcement agency in North Carolina to become accredited. Reaccreditation occurs ever three years to make sure that the agency continues to meet required standards.

The SBI, a part of the North Carolina Department of Justice, assists local law enforcement with a wide variety of criminal investigations, including homicides, missing persons cases, robberies, and property crimes. SBI agents work closely with local police and sheriffs, other state investigative agencies, and federal authorities. The SBI, which includes the state’s Crime Lab, uses state-of-the-art technology to investigate and solve crimes.

CALEA was founded in 1979 by four major law enforcement organizations, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff's Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Police Executive Research Forum. There are a total of 35 North Carolina law enforcement agencies currently accredited by CALEA.

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