Palm Beach County’s Main Detention Center and West Detention Center Awarded National Accreditation.

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Palm Beach County’s Main Detention Center and West Detention Center Awarded National Accreditation.

On February 9, 2015, Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC) announced the accreditations of the Palm Beach County’s Main Detention Center and West County Detention Center of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The awards were presented in conjunction with the American Correctional Association Winter Conference in Long Beach, California.

During the presentation of awards, both the Main Detention Center and the West County Detention facilities were complimented on their professional level of operation and their success in completing the accreditation process. The agency is one of over 1,500 correctional organizations currently involved in accreditation across the nation.

The accreditation program is a professional peer review process based on national standards that have evolved since the founding of the Association in 1870. The standards were developed by national leaders from the field of corrections, law, architecture, health care, and other groups who are interested in sound correctional management.

ACA standards address services, programs, and operations essential to effective correctional management. Through accreditation, an agency is able to maintain a balance between protecting the public and providing an environment that safeguards the life, health, and safety of staff and offenders. Standards set by ACA reflect practical up-to-date policies and procedures and function as a management tool for agencies and facilities throughout the world.

The three-year accreditation award granted to the Palm Beach County Main Detention Center and West County Detention Center does not signal the end of their involvement in the accreditation process.  During the award period, staff will continue to work to improve any deficiencies identified during the audit and maintain continuous compliance with the standards.

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