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 February 22nd, 2011  
Fort Pierce:  A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive March 22, 2011 to examine all aspects of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara announced today.  The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 261 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the 261 standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

The CFA Accreditation Program Manager for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is Zoraida Bergan.  She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Captain Jason Ciaschini of the Punta Gorda Police Department.  Other team members are Mr. Sam Dobson of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department and Sergeant Randy Conyers of the Ocoee Police Department.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status.  The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office’s accreditation is for 3 years.  Verification by the team that the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara said.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:  CFA, 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando, Florida, 32817.

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