CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Sheriff Al Cannon announced Tuesday the detention center named after him is now the only internationally accredited detention center in the state.
The Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center is one of 136 local detention centers in the United States to hold International Accreditation by the America Correctional Association.
Cannon received the award in late January at a conference in Houston, Texas, according to sheriff's office spokesman Major Jim Brady.
Brady said award presenters cited the facility's staff on their professional level of operation and their success in completing the accreditation process. The agency is one of over 1,500 correctional organizations currently involved in accreditation worldwide.
"The awarding of this National Accreditation is a remarkable achievement only made possible because of the dedicated and committed staff of the detention center," said Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon, Jr. "I congratulate them on this accomplishment, it reflects great honor on the entire Sheriff's Office and I am proud of this recognition"
During Tuesday's announcement, Cannon will be joined by County Council Chairman Teddie E. Pryor and County Administrator Kurt Taylor.
The detention center was originally built in 1966. There have been three expansions since then.
The most recent expansion was completed in May 2010.