Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Sheriff Larry R. Ashley of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on June 15 to examine all aspects of the policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services of the office. Verification by the team that the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with 484 standards in order to gain accredited status. Accreditation is important to the agency and community because it validates the Sheriff’s Office’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session June 17, at 6 p.m. in the OCSO Headquarters Training Room located at 50 2nd Street, in Shalimar.

The public may also call 613-2400 on June 17 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to offer a comment. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards. A copy of the standards is available for review at the OCSO Headquarters Building.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please call 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.