August 19, 2015

Assessors on site at Sheriff's Office

Left to right: Lt. John Schardine, Maitland Police Department; 
MCSO Accreditation Manager Lt. Dennis Coleman; 
Master Officer Tammy Farnham, Stuart Police Department; 
MCSO Accreditation Specialist Tondra Davis;
 Accreditation Manager Maureen Buice, Fort Myers Police Department; 
MCSO Accreditation Specialist Rachelle Gates; 
MCSO Accreditation Inspector Henry Hamilton.
Accreditation assessors have been visiting us here at the Sheriff's Office this week, making sure we are following all the required standards in order to become re-accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Sheriff's Office is Lt. Dennis Coleman. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors have been reviewing written materials; interviewing individuals; and visiting offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be witnessed first hand.
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.

The Sheriff's Office is extremely proud of the fact that it holds five separate professional accreditations. We are accredited by both the State of Florida and Nationally in law enforcement and corrections and our corrections health care facility also holds national accreditation.

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