Yulee, Fla. – On June 20, 2017, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Jail & Detention Facility was reaccredited for the third time by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC). On June 21, 2017, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Operations was reaccredited for the second time by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). On June 22, 2017, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office 911 Communications Division obtained their initial accreditation by the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition (FPAC) at the Florida Accreditation Commission Conference in Orlando, Florida.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is only the 5th law enforcement agency within the state of Florida to be accredited in all three divisions.
Sheriff Bill Leeper accepted all three accreditation certifications on behalf of each member of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, which is good for the next three years. “Maintaining accreditation status ensures the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office meets the highest professional standards set by the Commission,” said Sheriff Leeper. “As Sheriff of Nassau County I will continue to work tirelessly to meet, and exceed, the high standards set by FCAC, CFA and FPAC to provide the citizens of Nassau County with professional, accountable, effective, and efficient public safety services.”
Assessment teams from FCAC, CFA and FPAC conducted independent, intensive and thorough inspections of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office operations. In the assessment teams’ final report to the Commission, they reported the assessment team was very impressed with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office and the professionalism displayed by bothits sworn and non-sworn members. The agency’s policies and practices promote responsiveness to the community’s law enforcement needs. The team members completely agree that every member of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office interviewed demonstrated a high level of job knowledge, competence, and satisfaction.
“We must operate under accepted and contemporary standards, and be ready for those unexpected problems. A professional law enforcement agency cannot have questionable practices,” Leeper said. “We must perform well, be trained well, practice sound ethics, and have supervisory oversight of our operations and personnel, always remembering that excellence in policing is not granted on easy terms” Leeper added.