March 14, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Polk County Sheriff's Office; First Law Enforcement Agency In The Nation To Earn Purchasing Accreditation
Sheriff Lawrence W.
Crow, Jr. is pleased to announce that the Polk County Sheriff's Office has
earned the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing's (NIGP)
Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award.
In doing so, the Sheriff's Office has become the first governmental agency
in Polk County to earn the NIGP Accreditation, and the first law
enforcement agency in the United States and Canada to obtain the NIGP
There are two accreditation tiers offered within the NIGP program.
The Agency Accreditation Achievement Award is presented to those agencies
demonstrating excellence in public procurement. However, the
Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award that the Polk County
Sheriff's Office earned recognizes those agencies who lead the public
In a letter submitted to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, NIGP Chief
Executive Officer Rick Grim (CPPO, CPPB) states:
Many governmental agencies have attempted to achieve this Accreditation
status - only to realize that their practices fall short of the
required standards of performance. While the NIGP membership
represents 2,100 governmental agencies throughout the United States and
Canada, only 40 governments have attained this distinction. Clearly, the
Polk County Sheriff's Office has joined an elite group of purchasing
organizations that represent the highest standards of quality and
efficiency in government.
Steve Howard (CPPO,CPPB), PCSO Purchasing Administrator who is recognized
for his efforts in obtaining the NIGP Accreditation, states, The criteria
for earning this accreditation was very stringent. We had to meet 84
different standards. However, all of the hard work was well worth
it. This accreditation will help the Sheriff's Office tremendously.
It will have a significant impact on agency credibility, recognition and
improved bond ratings.
By earning its fifth accreditation star, the Polk County Sheriff's Office
becomes one of the few five star accredited agencies in the nation.
According to Sheriff Crow:
This is truly a milestone for our agency. The fact that we have
earned five separate professional accreditations is a testament to the
quality and professionalism of our members. I am so proud of our
purchasing section - they work hard every day to provide high
quality equipment and supplies for our deputies at the lowest cost
possible to our citizens. They deserve this recognition.
Prior to its latest accreditation from the NIGP, 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),
and health care accreditation from the National Commission for
Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).