Date: August 8, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Scott Wilder, 863 534-6299 or 820-1198 pager
Lt. Paul Baggett, 863 519-3955 or 820-1420 pager
Jail Accreditation Assessment Team Completes On Site Audit and Inspection. Result: Polk County Sheriff's Office Gains 98.84% Compliance Rating. "Agency Ready For Accreditation."

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will soon become a Four Star Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. The Polk County Sheriff's Office already holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFLEA), and the National Commission for Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). 

A team of assessors from Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC) conducted an on site audit/inspection during a three day examination that started August 2, 2000 and ended Friday, August 4, 2000. The FCAC assessment examines all aspects of the Polk County Sheriff's Office Department of Detention including Admission (Booking), Classification, Housing, Sanitation, Food Service, Personnel Issues, Fiscal Activities, Security, Training and Medical. 

The FCAC assessors are: Lieutenant Jeff Cloutier, Alachua County Sheriff's Office (352.491.4445), Lieutenant Rick Doss, Okachobee County Sheriff's Office (863.763.4765), and Sergeant Shawn McGillen, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (727.464.6415). 

At the exit interview held Friday morning, August 4, 2000 assessment team leader Lt. Jeff Cloutier told Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. that the Polk County Sheriff's Office Department of Detention had earned a 98.84% (out of 100%) compliance ratio and the team will recommend to the full Commission that the Sheriff's Office Detention Department become fully accredited. There are a total of 265 mandatory and non-mandatory standards for compliance based primarily upon the Florida Model Jail Standards. 

Several statements made by the assessors Friday morning were: 

Lt. Rick Doss: "I am very impressed with the progressiveness of the Polk County Sheriff's Office...I found no problems at all." 

Assessment Team Leader Lt. Cloutier: "I observed there to be a very professional staff in place...you have an excellent command staff." "I'm taking a number of things I've seen here back with me to my own agency." "You have a great medical section." 

Sgt. Shawn McGillen: "I'm very impressed with the overall operation." 

The full Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. will meet in Key West, Florida, October 2 and 3, 2000. During this meeting the assessment team will recommend to the Commission that the Polk County Sheriff's Office Department of Detention receive full accreditation. FCAC accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual certification statements confirming continued compliance with the accreditation standards. 

For more information regarding the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission contact the Commission Executive Director, Captain Kim Bogart, c/o Pasco County Sheriff's Office, 8700 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34654, telephone: 813.844.7733. Or, access their website at www.fla-pac.org.

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