Sheriff's Office Receives Re-Accreditation

NEWS RELEASE 21-010 - FEBRUARY 19, 2021
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Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman is pleased to announce that the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has been reaccredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

The agency received its official notification at the Commission’s general meeting Thursday. A team of assessors from the Commission performed an assessment of all aspects of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office including its policies, management, operations, and support services in October of last year. They found the agency in compliance with all 239 applicable standards, and in their recommendation for re-accreditation commended the agency for its flawless onsite assessment. This is the ninth time the agency has achieved 100% compliance, garnering it the coveted Excelsior Agency status for the fourth consecutive time.

“Compliance with professionally accepted standards, including review by independent experts is vital to ensuring we are implementing proper policies and following best practices,” commented Sheriff Hoffman. “The agency’s continued exceptional accreditation status is a testament to our workforce and the quality of service we are providing to the community.”

In addition to this CFA law enforcement accreditation, the Sarasota County Correctional Facility is also accredited by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC), while the facilities’ medical services are accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). The agency’s Public Safety Communications Section is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) for law enforcement dispatch, as well as the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED) for medical and fire communications. Finally, the agency’s Property and Evidence Section is also accredited by the International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE).

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was the first law enforcement agency in the state to become fully accredited in 1996.