November 25, 2013


The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be undergoing the process of national re-accreditation next week. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive in the Florida Keys on December 2nd to examine all aspects of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

This assessment is of a voluntary process to gain and maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, said Sheriff Rick Ramsay.

 “Accreditation inspires public confidence in our agency, as well as assuring our department is up-to-date on police initiatives and administrative practices,” Sheriff Rick Ramsay said. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with 464 standards in order to maintain accredited/recognized status.

The assessment team is comprised of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Team Leader Director William Howe of the St. Louis County Police Department located in St. Louis, Missouri and Team member Colonel Phillip Kasten of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office located in Westminster, Md.

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited/recognition status.

Accreditation/Recognition is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.


As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday December 03, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters bldg., second floor conference room. The address is 5525 College Road, Key West, Florida 33040.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comment to the assessment team, he/she may do so by unrecorded telephone. The public may call 305-432-7333 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, December 02, 2013.

A copy of the accreditation standards will be available at the public information session and further information can be obtained from Lieutenant Cindy Peryam, 305-797-0016 or email address or by visiting the website

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the ability of the Sheriff’s Office to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va 20155 or

For more information regarding the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va 20155; or call 1-703-352-4225 or visit

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