Accreditation

Held To A Higher Standard
CFA

Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, INC. (CFA)

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office was first accredited through CFA in 2004 and then reaccredited in 2007, 2010 and 2013. The next CFA accreditation on-site assessment is scheduled for February 2016.

In 1993, the Florida Sheriff's Association and the Florida Chiefs Association created a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program.

Accreditation increases the law enforcement agency's ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased.

Accreditation in conjunction with the philosophy and community policing, commits the agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public.

Accreditation creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.

 
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The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC)

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office Corrections facility received its initial accreditation award by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. in 2010 and was reaccredited in 2013. The next FCAC accreditation on-site assessment is scheduled for February 2016.

The Florida Corrections Accreditation program offers the opportunity to evaluate your facility's operations against standards developed by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission. This process will allow administrative staff to remedy deficiencies and upgrade the quality of correctional programs and services. The benefits from such a process include:

  • Improved management;
  • Strengthens the facility's defense against lawsuits and complaints;
  • Increased accountability;
  • Enhanced public credibility for administrative and line staff;
  • A safer and more humane environment for personnel and inmates;
  • Potential reduction in liability through adoption of sound operating practices;
  • Demonstration of a “good faith” effort to improve conditions of confinement; and
 
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Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, INC. (FLA-PAC)

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office is a member of FLA-PAC. FLA-PAC is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1989, under the laws of the State of Florida, for the purpose of providing member agencies a network of law enforcement professionals encouraging communication, mutual cooperation, support and the sharing of resources among each other.

 
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The Commission on Accrediation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement agency on the Treasure Coast to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Since entering the process in 1989, the Sheriff's Office has been evaluated by assessors from the Commission and received accredited recognition in 1991, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2013. The next CALEA on-site assessment is scheduled for November 2016.

The Law Enforcement Accreditaion Program was the first credentialing program established by CALEA after its founding. It was originally developed to address what was seen as a need to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement. That mission continues today. The program is to open all types of law enforcement agencies, on an international basis. It provides a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agencies' policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards.

Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standards upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law enforcement associations, as well as law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge CALEA's Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies© and its Accreditation Program as benchmarks for today's law enforcement agency.

 
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Public Safety Communications Accreditation (CALEA)

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office received its Public Safety Communications initial accreditation award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2015.

The Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program was developed in 1999 by CALEA with the participation and technical support of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International, Inc. (APCO International®). This accreditation program allows stand-alone communications centers or communications departments within other public safety organizations such as law enforcement, fire, or Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies to voluntarily participate in a credentialing program that promotes public safety communications services and recognizes professional excellence.

You can check the IRCSO Accreditation Status at the CALEA website.