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BSO PREPARING FOR ACCREDITATION TEAM

Accreditation Assessment Team
Invites Public Comment

A local team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Saturday, August 3, 2002 to examine all aspects of the Broward Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Sheriff Ken Jenne announced today.

Verification by the team that BSO meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement excellence, Sheriff Jenne said.

As part of the on-site re-accreditation assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information forum on Monday, August 5, 2002 at 6 p.m. at the Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex, 2601 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, located in the Multi-Media Room on the first floor.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call an assessor at 954-797-0977 on August 5, 2002 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. or by fax at 954-797-0984.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to a few minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available in the BSO Organizational Development and Accreditation Office located at the Ron Cochran Public Safety Building. The local contact is the Accreditation Manager, Captain Barbara Chovan at 954-321-4989.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Broward Sheriff’s Office ability to meet the standards for re-accreditation are requested to address any correspondence to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, VA, 22030-2201 or contact the website at www.CALEA.org

The Broward Sheriff's Office must comply with 443 standards in order to be reaccredited. “It is essential for a major agency like the Broward Sheriff's Office to be accredited,” Sheriff Jenne said. “As the largest fully accredited sheriff’s office in the country, BSO is recognized as one of the best law enforcement agencies in the world.”

The assessors, who are composed of law enforcement practitioners from various out-of-state agencies, will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other places where compliance can be observed. The assessors are: Chief (Ret.) Richard L. Czech, Midland Police Department, Midland, Texas; Lt. Gregory Whitaker, Charleston Police Department, Charleston, SC; Accreditation Manager Portia Swinson, Georgetown University Department of Public Safety, Washington, DC; and Asst. Bureau Chief Patsy Wilson, Illinois State Police, Springfield, IL. Once the Commission’s Assessors complete their review of this agency, they will report their results to the full commission, which will then decide and notify the agency if it is to retain its accredited status.

Accreditation is for a three-year period, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. The Broward Sheriff's Office received its initial accreditation in 1999 and is seeking reaccreditation in 2002.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, VA 22030-2201, or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

This report by:

Jim Leljedal / Media Relations
7/11/02 1215 pm

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