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 June 18th, 2008  
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office earns law enforcement reaccreditation, Sheriff Mascara announces
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, which has been law-enforcement accredited since 1996, has once again earned three-year reaccreditation, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“Accreditation ensures the public that the Sheriff's Office is a thoroughly modern and professional law enforcement agency,” Sheriff Mascara said. “I’m proud of all the members of the Sheriff's Office for earning reaccreditation, and in particular, I’m proud of Accreditation Manager Linda Thiery.”

At the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s (CFA’s) June 11 meeting in Coral Springs, Sheriff Mascara received the reaccreditation certificate.

A group of law enforcement professionals serving as a CFA assessment team visited the Sheriff's Office May 25 – 27 to determine the agency’s compliance with 259 CFA standards. The assessors’ positive report to the full CFA Commission formed the basis for the Commission’s reaccreditation vote. The Commission’s members are four sheriffs, four chiefs of police and one representative each from the Florida Association of Counties, Florida League of Cities and Florida judiciary.

The assessment team leader, Lanny Wyatt, said of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office: “I think every assessor should have the opportunity to review the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office to be able to experience what a truly professional law enforcement agency is like.”

To ensure compliance with the highest standards of professionalism, the St. Lucie County jail has been accredited by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission since 2000. Medical services at the jail, have been accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Prison Health Services, a private contractor, provides mental health and medical services to inmates under a contract with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.

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