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 February 22nd, 2012  
St. Lucie County jail again earns reaccreditation, Sheriff Mascara announces
The St. Lucie County jail and Department of Detention again has earned reaccreditation from the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"We initially were accredited in 2000, and we have been re-accredited ever since," Sheriff Mascara said. "Accreditation ensures that we continue to attain high professional standards, reflecting the excellent job done by the dedicated men and women of the Department of Detention under the leadership of Major F. Patrick Tighe."

Chief Deputy Garry R. Wilson, Major Tighe and other Sheriff's staff members received the accreditation award at the commission's Feb. 21 meeting at Howey in the Hills near Orlando.

In 2009, the St. Lucie County jail became the first county detention facility in the State of Florida to be found in 100 percent compliance with all 300 standards of the commission, a feat the county jail matched again at the January site assessment by three experienced and highly qualified assessors.

Wanda White, the Accreditation Manager for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, was the team leader. Lt. Chuck Davis of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Joyce Peach of the Osceola County Corrections Department were the other two site assessment team members.

The accreditation standards cover general administration, fiscal services, written directive system, personnel, staff training, security and control, order and discipline, special operations, admission, classification and release, inmate housing, privileges, programs, clothing and bedding, sanitation and hygiene, food service, medical and mental health services, pharmacy, and physical plant and safety.

The Sheriff's Office's law enforcement operation has been continuously accredited by the Florida Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation since the program began in 1996.

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