Left to right, CALEA Chairperson J. Grayson Robinson,
MCSO Captain Chad Scibilia, MCAO Accreditation Specialists
Tondra Davis and Rachelle Gates, MCSO Lt. Cindy Peryam,
Sheriff Rick Ramsay and CALEA Executive Director Craig Hartley, Jr.
Over the past two months, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has achieved national re-accreditation for law enforcement and was accredited for the first time nationally for its Bureau of Corrections.
The Sheriff’s Office is now professionally accredited by five separate accreditation agencies:
- The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (national law enforcement accreditation)
- The American Correctional Association (national corrections accreditation)
- The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditations
- The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission
- The National Commission on Correctional Health Care
The process for any professional accreditation is extremely difficult and requires extensive preparation, many inspections – both internal and by the accreditation agency itself – and a level of professionalism that is not easily achieved. Accreditation requires an agency to adhere to exacting standards in hundreds of different areas, including operations, record keeping, finance, equipment, training and many others.
And it doesn’t stop with accreditation being awarded. The agency must be re-accredited every two to three years by each organization. This entails more inspections and more close examination to ensure the agency continues to live up to required standards.
“I am proud that our agency continues to comply with the most stringent standards in both law enforcement and corrections,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “Being accredited shows, beyond any doubt, that we operate at the highest level of professionalism.”