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Reaccreditation Recommended

Broward Sheriff's Office Again
Recommended for Accreditation

Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne is pleased to announce that assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will once again recommend BSO for international law enforcement accreditation.

“I am proud, but not surprised, at their decision,” Sheriff 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 giving the Broward Sheriff's Office a top-to-bottom review to determine whether BSO’s policies and procedures meet or exceed the best practices of outstanding police agencies everywhere. The team inspected records, equipment and policies, visited facilities, interviewed employees, observed POWERTRAC and rode with deputies on patrol. On Monday, 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.

The team will make its 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. During this reaccredidation process, BSO met or exceeded all applicable standards. BSO was originally accredited in 1999.

The assessment team leader, Retired Chief Richard Czech of the Midland, Texas Police Department, said,

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