July 2, 2015


Sheriff Rick Ramsay announced today, a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive August 18th to examine all aspects of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Even though MCSO is CALEA Accredited, the agency still must comply with an additional 84 standards in order to receive CFA accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the MCSO Public Information Officer at (305) 292-7116.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email toinfo@flaccreditation.org.

The Accreditation Program Manager for MCSO is Lt. Dennis Coleman. The assessment team is 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 Team Leader is Master Officer Tammy Farnham from the Stuart Police Department. Other team members are Accreditation Manager Maureen Buice from the Fort Myers Police Department and Lieutenant John Schardine from Maitland Police Department.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. Accreditation status is for 3 years. Verification by the team that MCSO 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.

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