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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 8/4/2015 

  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. 

"We are proud to be the only Sheriff's Office in the country with nine stars of accreditation and three awards of excellence," said Sheriff Grady Judd. "Of the 17,985 law enforcement agencies in the United States, we are the only one to be recognized with such distinction. The public information sessions are an important part of this process, and we welcome the community's participation." 

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, members of the community and agency members are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 10, 2015 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, 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) 224-4982 on Monday, August 10, 2015, 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.  The CALEA standards are 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 law enforcement accreditation may write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.  Persons may also write the Commission at this address for more information, regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

The Polk County Sheriff's Office holds the following accreditations and awards:

CALEA - Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., with six successive re-accreditations and  Accreditation With Excellence awarded in 2012

PSCA - Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program, with four successive re-accreditations and Accreditation With Excellence awarded in 2014

CFA - Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc., with five successive re-accreditations and Excelsior Agency awarded in 2013

FCAC - Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc., with four successive re-accreditations

NIGP - National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc., with four successive re-accreditations and Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award

NCCHC - National Commission on Correctional Health Care, with three successive re-accreditations

PSTAA - Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program, with two successive re-accreditations and Accreditation with Excellence awarded in 2013

NAEMD - National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch, with one successive re-accreditation 

FLA-TAC - Florida Telecommunications Accreditation Commission, initial accreditation awarded in February 2015