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Shalimar: A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive April 3, 2019 to examine all aspects of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Larry R. Ashley announced today. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 90 standards in order to receive accredited status. Since the agency is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the agency only has to comply with the CFA standards unique to Florida. 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 through the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Information Officer in Shalimar at (850) 651-7410.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

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

The Accreditation Program Manager for Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is Inspector Ron Kimble. He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from around the State. 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 Officer Steven Hassett, Pinellas Park Police Department. Other team members are Lieutenant Andrew McIntosh, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Director Loren Lowers, Florida Department of Lottery, Division of Security.

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. Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s accreditation is for 3 years. Verification by the team that the Okaloosa County 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, Sheriff Ashley said.

 

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