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Today, July 31st, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office was awarded their 5th national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This accreditation process individually covered the Law Enforcement and Communications aspects of the Sheriff Office.

A multi-year self-assessment phase followed by a meticulous site-based assessment of each division took place where policies, procedures, equipment and facilities were evaluated by CALEA assessors. After the assessment was complete, CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners reviewed all findings and determined the agency’s accreditation status.

“Being accredited on the national level shows our commitment to our mission in achieving excellence in public safety,” said Sheriff Prendergast. “By continuously maintaining national accreditation, this allows us to be ahead of the newly signed Presidential Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities. Long before the assessment commenced, our outstanding team of professionals labored intensely to ensure that we met the gold standards established by CALEA. I am extraordinarily proud of our team for all of their hard work in achieving this outstanding milestone. ”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual CALEA Conference hearings and banquet, where agencies are formally awarded had to be cancelled. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office did, however, go before the commission in an online webinar format. Today, the CALEA Commission voted to approve reaccreditation of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office.

“This award of accreditation does not come easy,” said CALEA President Anthony Purcell, Chief of Police, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department. “Agencies must go through a rigorous review and evaluation of their organization and then implement the necessary policy and procedure changes. The process does not stop at that point. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards. Each community with CALEA accredited agencies should feel confident that their public safety organization is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.”

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office has been awarded reaccreditation, signifying excellence in public safety and commitment to the community. This is the Citrus County Sheriff's Office’s 5th award of national accreditation for both the Law Enforcement and Communications accreditations. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office now moves into CALEA’s four-year Accreditation cycle. This includes four annual remotes, web-based file reviews, and a site-based assessment in the fourth year.
Posted on 31 Jul 2020

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