Date: August 04, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Lt. Linda Johnson, (863) 535-1950
Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will visit the Polk County Sheriff's Office in August to examine all aspects of law enforcement policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff  Lawrence W. Crow, Jr., 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 law enforcement professional excellence, Sheriff Crow said.

As part of the on-site assessment, employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at 7 p.m.  The session will be conducted in the Community Room of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, East Region Command Center, located at 3635 Avenue G, Northwest in Winter Haven.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (863) 287-9685 on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff's Office Executive Services Section Office located at 1160 East Van Fleet Drive in Bartow. For more information, contact Lieutenant Linda Johnson, Accreditation Manager, at (863) 535-1950 or by e-mail at ljohnson@polksheriff.org.

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.

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A text only version of this release is also available.

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