An Accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that the agency has met minimum standards for law enforcement agencies, Jails and Communications Centers. Accreditation focuses on various high liability and management areas within the organization and requires the agency conduct comprehensive reviews establish written directives, provide necessary reports, data and analysis to other organizational components and the Sheriff in order to make fact-based informed management decisions. Accreditation strengthens the agency's accountability through a continuum of standards that are clearly defined.
The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is an accredited agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) and the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office was initially accredited through CALEA on March 16, 1991. The Detention Bureau received initial accredited status through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. in February 2004. The agency is currently working towards international accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies for the Communications Center. The charlotte County Sheriff's Office has achieved accreditation/re-accreditation as follows:
- CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) Initially Accredited 1991, Re-accredited 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2012, Next Assessment 2014 Public Safety Communications Accreditation - Agency is in self-assessment phase
- FCAC (Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.) Initially Accredited with FCAC 2004, Re-accredited 2007, 2010, 2012
For more information on these accrediting bodies, please visit www.CALEA.org and www.flaccreditation.org