The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) is undergoing an assessment by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation to attain state-level accreditation.
An accreditation assessment examines all aspects of the NCSO, including looking at policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. The agency has to comply with approximately 240 standards in order to receive re-accreditation status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
“Accreditation by CFA is vital to maintaining the public trust and assuring our many stakeholders that we are abiding by the highest standards set for professional law enforcement agencies.” said Sheriff Bill Leeper. “We are proud of our CFA accreditation and look forward to re-certification.”
As part of the assessment, NCSO employees and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the accreditation standards is available through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s website at www.flaccreditation.org. Individuals can submit comments at this website, send a letter to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, P. O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A team of Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation assessors will conduct an assessment of the NCSO in August. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s assessment team will consist of team leader Mr. Oscar Kieffer, Palmetto Police Department and team members Captain Lee Ann Holroyd, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Sergeant Michelle Hernandez, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.
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 NCSO accreditation is for 3 years. Verification by the team that the NCSO 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.