ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS

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ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw announced that a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive July 10, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive 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 by sending an email request to CFAAccreditation@pbso.org. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to info@flaccreditation.org .

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Accreditation Program is under the command of Major John Prieschl, Professional Compliance Bureau. Major Prieschl said 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 Frank Ruggiero, Tarpon Springs Police Department. Other team members are Jerry Rothman, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, Keith Riddick, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Jeff White, Rockledge 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. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office accreditation is for three years. Verification by the team that the Sheriff’s Office 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 Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was initially accredited by CFA in 2000, and received re-accredited status in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012. In 2015, the Sheriff’s Office was awarded accreditation with Excelsior status, representing 15 years of professionalism and excellence in Law Enforcement. This assessment represents the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s first re-accreditation as an Excelsior agency.

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