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Yakima Sheriffs Receives Honor Despite Budget Constraints

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YAKIMA, WA. -- The Yakima County Sheriff's Office has received accreditation from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

Sheriff Ken Irwin is very proud of the hard work his office has put in to receive this recognition. Especially since the staff has downsized due to budget constraints.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office is now considered to perform in the top 20% of all law enforcement groups in the State of Washington. Accreditation is given every three years and analyzes law enforcement departments on 131 different standards.

They include code of conduct, fiscal management and a performance evaluation. The Sheriff's Office has gone through tough economic times and lost some officers but they say an award like this is inspiring.

"This is kind of a kick in the rear end to say that in spite of us being smaller, we can still do excellent work," Sheriff Ken Irwin said.

This hasn't happened often for the department. The last time they received accreditation was in 2001.

The Sheriff's Office says they always strive to improve their quality of work and they're motivated to be accredited again three years from now.