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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

News Date: 11/29/2007 

 Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment 

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,
Inc. (CALEA), Public Safety Communications Accreditation (PSCA) program will visit
the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in December to examine all aspects of Telecommunication
policy and procedures, management, operations, and other support services, Sheriff
Grady Judd announced today.

Verification by the team that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s
state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly
prized recognition of communications professional excellence, Sheriff Judd said.

As part of the on-site assessment, employees and members of the community are invited
to offer comments to the assessment team, by telephone. The public may call (863)-559-
5271 on Sunday, December 9, 2007 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to
comply with PSCA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff’s Office
Professional Standards Section Office located at 1160 East Van Fleet Drive, Bartow, FL
33830. The local contact is Lieutenant Kim Garrett (863) 535-1950 or by e-mail at kgarrett@

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s ability
to meet the standards for accreditation may write to the Commission on Accreditation for
Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA22030-2215.