BSO Again Recommended for Accreditation
Citing a high degree of professionalism, consistent adherence to established policies and a superior self-assessment program, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has recommended reaccredidation for the Broward Sheriff’s Office. BSO, originally accredited in 1999 by CALEA, remains America’s largest nationally accredited sheriff’s department.,"I am proud, but not surprised, at their decision," Sheriff Ken Jenne said. "The CALEA assessors now know what we recognize every day - that this agency is one of the best in the country.",A four-member assessment team, comprised of experienced out-of-state law enforcement professionals, spent five days reviewing the Broward Sheriff's Office to determine whether BSO’s policies and procedures meet or exceed the best practices of outstanding police agencies everywhere.,The assessment team leader, Retired Chief Richard Czech of the Midland, Texas Police Department, said, "I've been conducting CALEA assessments for more than 20 years, and this is my 12th on-site assessment. I have not seen an agency's procedures in better order, or an agency that's more professional.",The team inspected records, equipment and policies, visited facilities, interviewed employees, observed POWERTRAC (BSO’s self-assessment program) and rode with deputies on patrol. More than 60 Broward County residents spoke to the assessors at a public forum and by telephone, giving the Sheriff’s Office consistently high marks for service.,Chief Czech added that he was especially impressed with the ongoing self-assessment that occurs at BSO, stating, "It's great to have the accountability that POWERTRAC provides. This process helps you work on meeting your goals and objectives daily. This system gives deputies on the street the message that they're accomplishing something.",The team will make its formal written recommendation to the CALEA board, which will vote for approval at its November meeting in Portland, Oregon. CALEA accreditation lasts three years, and then the agency is reviewed to see if it still meets the organization’s 451 standards.