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News Date: 7/30/2012 

 Accreditation 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 Grady Judd announced today. 

Verification by the team that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art law enforcement standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Sheriff Judd 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, August 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.  The session will be conducted in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Sheriff’s Operations Center, 1891 Jim Keene Boulevard, Winter Haven, FL, 33880. 

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) 224-0687 on Monday, August 6, 2012 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 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 for review at the Sheriff’s Office Operations Center, 1891 Jim Keene Boulevard, Winter Haven, FL.  The contact is Mary Shiver, Accreditation Manager, (863) 298-6370 or e-mail at mshiver@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), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.