A local Sheriff’s Office became the first Sheriff’s Office in New York to receive a prestigious nationally recognized award.

Recently the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was presented with the prestigious Triple Crown award at the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Conference in Washington D.C.

The award was established in 1993 by the NSA to recognize sheriff's offices that achieve simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association's Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.

Only 40 of 3,079 sheriff’s offices in the United States have received the Triple Crown. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is the first Sheriff’s Office in New York State to receive the award.

“I am extremely proud of my staff for the professional effort they have shown during this process, as it is a major achievement in the law enforcement community,” Sheriff Carl E DuBois said in statement.

The Triple Crown award recognizes those departments that demonstrate outstanding commitment to public safety, security, well-being of jail inmates and efficient agency business practices. It represents the office’s acceptance of the obligation to continue the quest for professional excellence by requiring the Sheriff’s Office to follow hundreds of best practice procedures and constantly document, analyze and review those practices in the daily operations of the agency. Accreditation programs save Orange County millions of dollars in litigation and risk management costs.