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 February 26th, 2008  
Accreditation team invites public comments about St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office

Fort Pierce -- A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive March 25, 2008, 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 254 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the 254 standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. The public may call 772-462-3209 on March 26, between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CFA standards. A copy of the standards is available through the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer in Fort Pierce at 772-462-3308.

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.

The Accreditation Program Manager for the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office is Zoraida Marquez. 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 will be comprised of representative from around the state.

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 three 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.

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