Date: February 4, 2005 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Grady Judd
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 981-2374 Pager

PCSO Purchasing Unit Earns National Re-Accrediatation

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Purchasing Section recently underwent a detailed application process, which required substantial documentation and a demonstration of best practices, to earn a renewal of its certification from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing's (NIGP) Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award.

The original certificate of accreditation was earned in March 2002, helping establish the Sheriff's Office as one of three agencies in the state at that time to have attained six statewide and national accreditations. The renewal expires March 2006.

According to the letter received by the NIGP last month: "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 81 governments have attained this distinction. Clearly the Polk County Sheriff's Office continues to lead a very elite group of purchasing organizations that represent the highest sustained standards of quality and efficiency in government!"

In addition to this accreditation, the Sheriff's Office has 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 Public Safety Communication Accreditation (PSCA) from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies , Inc. (CALEA).

Distribution: Chief of Staff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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