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 July 7th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office honored for five consecutive outstanding accreditation assessments, according to Sheriff Mascara
The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, which was one of the original 10 law agencies in Florida to earn state accreditation in 1996, now has another honor, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation has notified us that we have earned the organization's Excelsior Award for having five consecutive flawless accreditation assessments," Sheriff Mascara said. "We are only the second law agency in the state to earn this honor, which is a reflection of the ongoing dedication of Sheriff's Office members to attaining the highest standards of professionalism."

The first agency to receive the Excelsior Award is the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The June 30 letter to the Sheriff from accreditation officials states in part, "You and your agency are to be commended for your continued diligence, professionalism, and commitment in maintaining this highest recognition among Florida's law enforcement community."

The Sheriff's Office was accredited for three years in 1996 and has attained three-year reaccreditation in ever since — in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and this year.

The commission's decision to accredit and reaccredit the Sheriff's Office is based on the report of a team of assessors who measure the agency's compliance with more than 250 standards. The Excelsior Award honors the Sheriff's Office for having been assessed by outside professionals five times without ever having been found out of compliance with even a single accreditation standard.

This is not the first time the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office's accreditation efforts have merited statewide recognition. In 2010, the commission honored Sheriff's Lt. Jerry Rothman as the organization's Accreditation Assessor of the Year.

Also, Sheriff Mascara has served as a member of the Commission. * * *

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