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BSO EARNS CFA REACCREDITATION


Date: March 18, 2013                                                                                            PIO Number: 13-3-17

The Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Law Enforcement was awarded reaccreditation status by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). CFA is based in Tallahassee and reviews all aspects of an agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services to determine compliance with recognized standards of excellence.

Due to the fact that BSO is currently nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies out of Fairfax, Virginia, the agency was required to comply with a reduced number of standards to maintain State Accreditation. CFA Chair Julie Jones formally presented the Certificate of Reaccreditation to BSO’s executive director of Professional Standards, Colonel Jack Dale, in February at a commission meeting in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. BSO was initially accredited on February 14, 2001, and this is its fourth reaccreditation.

“This is quite an accomplishment as BSO is the nation’s largest fully-accredited sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “It shows those we serve that we adhere to the highest standards of professionalism.”

Undergoing the voluntary state accreditation process provides an agency with a “quality assurance review” and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient and effective daily operations. Becoming accredited by the CFA is considered a significant achievement, and this status is held in high esteem by the criminal justice community.

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