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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Wood, Donna

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/8/2015 

 Polk County Sheriff’s Office Awarded the Excelsior Award from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission 


On Monday, October 5, 2015, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Excelsior Award from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission.  

The members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office represent a tradition of excellence. Out of 17,985 law enforcement agencies in the United States, the PCSO is the only agency to have received three “Accreditation with Excellence" awards from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). In February 2015 the PCSO received its 9th Accreditation from the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition 

Now, just a few short months later, the PCSO has been recognized by the FCAC receiving the highest award presented – the Excelsior award.  This award represents 15 or more years of accreditation and reaccreditation with no conditions during assessment by the Commission.   

"We continue to open our agency to scrutiny from outside independent organizations whose job it is to make sure we are adhering to best practices in a wide range of areas, from law enforcement and detention operations to purchasing, training, and medical services,” said Sheriff Judd.  “We believe in transparency, innovation, and professional development so that we not only stay up with the latest best practices, but that we are ahead of the curve & leading the way among law enforcement agencies.” 

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has had a longtime commitment to professional accreditation dating back to 1994, when the PCSO was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., or CALEA, for its law enforcement operations. There have been a total of 38 accreditations and re-accreditations since 1994.   

“The men and women of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office continue to meet the challenge of setting a high professional standard. The men and women of the PCSO are indeed the best of the best,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  

Accreditation is a voluntary process that invites independent accrediting bodies to inspect and review agency policies and practices to determine if the agency is following state and national standards and best practices.  Accreditation is a highly valued recognition for any law enforcement agency. The following is a history of all nine accreditations awarded to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office:  

 CALEA - Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

  • Original Accreditation: 11/19/1994
  • Re-accreditation: 11/19/1997
  • Re-accreditation: 11/19/2000
  • Re-accreditation: 11/19/2003
  • Re-accreditation: 11/19/2006 - Flagship Designation
  • Re-accreditation: 11/19/2009 - Flagship Designation
  • Re-accreditation: 11/17/2012 - Accreditation with Excellence

PSCA - Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program (CALEA)

  • Accredited: 3/23/2002
  • Re-accreditation: 3/23/2005
  • Re-accreditation: 3/23/2008
  • Re-accreditation: 3/26/2011 - Flagship Designation
  • Re-accreditation: 3/22/2014 - Accreditation with Excellence

CFA - Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.

  • Accredited: 5/27/1998
  • Re-accreditation: 5/23/2001
  • Re-accreditation: 6/23/2004
  • Re-accreditation: 6/06/2007
  • Re-accreditation: 7/01/2010
  • Re-accreditation: 6/27/2013 - Excelsior Agency

FCAC - Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.

  • Accredited: 10/3/2000
  • Re-accreditation: 10/07/2003
  • Re-accreditation: 10/10/2006
  • Re-accreditation: 10/27/2009
  • Re-accreditation: 9/25/2012
  • Re-accreditation: 10/5/2015 - Excelsior Agency

NIGP - National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.

  • Original Accreditation: 3/1/2002
  • Re-accreditation: 3/1/2005
  • Re-accreditation: 3/1/2008
  • Re-accreditation: 3/1/2011
  • Re-accreditation: 3/1/2014 Outstanding Agency Accreditation Achievement Award

NCCHC - National Commission on Correctional Health Care

  • Original Accreditation: 1985
  • Re-accreditation: February 2006
  • Re-accreditation: February 2009
  • Re-accreditation: November 2012

PSTAA - Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program (CALEA)

  • The Polk State College Kenneth C. Thompson Institute for Public Safety is a unique partnership enterprise between Polk State College & the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
  • Initial Accreditation: 3/17/2007
  • Re-accreditation: 3/17/2010
  • Re-accreditation: 3/23/2013 Accreditation with Excellence

NAEMD - National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch

  • Initial Accreditation: April 2010
  • Re-accreditation: April 2013 

FLA-PACFlorida Police Accreditation Coalition / Florida Telecommunications

            Accreditation Commission: February 2015