During Monday night’s King William County Board of Supervisors meeting, the King William Sheriff’s Office was formally presented with its initial Certificate of Accreditation through the Virginia Professional Standards Commission (VLEPCS). Erik Smith from DCJS and Sheriff Joe McLaughlin of the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office presented the award to the King William Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff J.S. Walton. On September 10, 2021, the King William County Sheriff’s Office became accredited through VLEPCS. Less than 15% of the 400 law enforcement agencies of Virginia have attained VLEPSC accreditation. Accreditation is considered the ultimate measure in professionalism among law enforcement agencies. The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission has established 190 professional standards divided into four general subject areas: Administration, Operations, Personnel, and Training by which law enforcement agencies are measured.