The Sheriff’s Office will be undergoing re-accreditation next week, including a minute examination of policies and procedures by a team of professional assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). Three assessors will travel to the Keys and spend three days looking at files and speaking to employees to make sure the Sheriff’s Office complies with the standards required to be professionally accredited in the State of Florida.
An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well known organizations that are required to maintain accreditation.
In June of 2002 the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was first awarded the CFA certificate of accreditation for Law Enforcement. In March 2002 the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) awarded national accreditation to the Sheriff’s Office. In October 2000 the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC) certificate of accreditation. The Sheriff’s Office remains accredited in all three areas.
Next week’s reaccreditation assessment is scheduled for July 31 – August 2, 2012. The assessment team leader is Lieutenant Jerry Rothman of St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office; the other team assessors are Assistant Chief Ron Lendvay of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Lieutenant Melissa Reynolds of the Punta Gorda Police Department.