Date: March 26, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Aaron Flint, (863) 534-6377 or 502-8262 pager

PCSO; First Law Enforcement Agency In State To Earn Public Safety Communication Accreditation

On March 23, 2002, the Polk County Sheriff's Office became the first law enforcement agency in Florida and only the second Sheriff's Office in the nation to earn the Public Safety Communication Accreditation (PSCA) from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies , Inc. (CALEA).   

In order to attain the highly regarded and broadly recognized PSCA, the Polk County Sheriff's Office 911 Communication Center had to meet 214 requirements. These standards require the Sheriff's Office to meet the highest level of professionalism when dealing with citizens who are reporting incidents.

In a letter submitted to Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., Sylvester Daughtry, Jr., the Executive Director of CALEA states, “On behalf of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., we commend you and the Polk County Sheriff's Office for demonstrating commitment to professional public safety communication in policy and procedure.” 

According to Polk County Sheriff's Office Colonel Grady Judd, Jr., “ The first contact people have during an emergency is our 911 Communication Center.  It is exceptionally important that rules, regulations and processes are in place to ensure prompt professional service. We our proud of our 911 Communication Center's accomplishments, and now an independent and neutral international accreditation board has recognized the quality of our work. This accreditation further demonstrates that our primary goal is to provide exceptional service to the citizens of Polk County.”

By earning its latest accreditation, the Polk County Sheriff's Office joins an elite group of law enforcement agencies in the nation as a six star accredited agency. In fact, of the 305 law enforcement agencies in Florida, only two other agencies have six accreditation stars.

Prior to the PSCA, the Sheriff's Office had earned state accreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), international accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), detention accreditation from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC), health care accreditation from the National Commission for Correctional Health Care (NCCHC), and national purchasing accreditation from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP).


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