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KITSAP COUNTY NEWS RELEASE   
Date: December 28, 2015

Contact: Tony Stewart, Chief Deputy Coroner
360.337.5603 or AStewart@co.kitsap.wa.us

No: 2015-142

Coroner's Office receives accreditation

(Kitsap County, WA) -  The International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners (IAC&ME) recently announced that the Kitsap County Coroner's Office has received accreditation by the association. The Kitsap County Coroner's Office self submitted to this process for the purpose of ensuring the operating policies, procedures and practices are within international guidelines.
 
The Kitsap County Coroner's Office was subjected to review of 130 standards including administrative, forensic, investigative, and facility review. The IAC&ME requires 100% compliance of mandatory standards and 90% of all applicable standards.

The IAC&ME extends its compliments to Kitsap County for submitting to this level of review. "When an agency elects to subject themselves to this process it clearly indicates their desire to stand to peer review and demonstrates to the public and stakeholders a strong desire to provide excellence in service provision," according to a spokesperson from the group. The completion of this process which is for five years indicates a professionalism and compassion by the Kitsap County Coroner's Office.

"We are very excited and proud to have met this goal," said Tony Stewart, Chief Deputy Coroner. "Throughout the process we discovered that we have been doing most things the right way all along. The accreditation affirms this and presented some opportunities to incorporate additional best management practices in our operation," Stewart added.

"The process involved many hours ensuring our policies were up-to-date. It also allowed us to implement new training and procedures to improve the performance of our operations," said County Coroner Greg Sandstrom. "Through the work of all our staff, and Tony's diligence, we were able to meet these standard in only five months," Sandstrom added. Kitsap County is one of only 26 counties nationwide to obtain this accreditation.

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December 28, 2015