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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 4/9/2010 

 PCSO Seeks State Reaccredited Status 

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will visit the Polk County Sheriff’s office to examine specific aspects of the agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

The PCSO is already nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Approximately 80 additional Florida-based standards must be met in order to receive state reaccredited status.  A copy of the standards is available through the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Accreditation Unit at 863-535-1960.

“Verification by the team that the Polk County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Sheriff Judd said.

Mary Shiver, PCSO Accreditation Program Manager, said the visiting assessment team will be composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment is comprised of Team Leader Captain Jeff Tyson, Lantana Police Department; team member Lieutenant Joe Capuano, Sunrise Police Department; and team member Ms. Cheryl Turner, Altamonte Springs Police Department.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive reaccredited status.  The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reaccreditation is for 3 years. 

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Polk County Sheriff’s Office ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando, Florida, 32817, or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

The PCSO has earned seven different professional accreditations.  The agency holds accreditations from the following organizations:

  • Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc
  • Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program
  • Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.
  • Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.
  • National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc.
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care
  • Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program

“As Sheriff, I want to employ the best professional practices and employ the best deputy sheriffs working hard to protect our citizens,” said Sheriff Judd.  “As a citizen, I expect it.”