Public invited to offer comments to Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation during upcoming assessment of Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office

On Aug. 1, team to accreditation team to meet with agency members

“Every three years, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) undergoes a stringent voluntary process to maintain our coveted accreditation status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA),” the agency is reminding the public this week.

“To achieve this,” a news release explains, “a team of assessors from the CFA meets with agency representatives to review several critical components within the sheriff’s office to ensure compliance with the set standards. “

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, CFA assessors, comprising representatives from other law enforcement agencies, “will meet with SCSO members to examine policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services,” the release adds.

After the assessors finalize their review, it continues, “they will report to the CFA to determine if the agency will, once again, receive its accredited status.

“As part of the assessment,” the release points out, “the general public and agency members are offered the opportunity to submit standards-related comments to the CFA directly, at CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302, or via email at “A copy of the standards manual is available on the CFA website at under the standards tab,” the release notes.

“The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office was Florida’s first law enforcement agency to become fully accredited by the CFA,” in 1996, the release points out. The Sheriff’s Office holds six additional accreditations, as follows, the release says:

  • Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC).
  • Public Safety Communications Accreditation (CALEA).
  • National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC).
  • International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED).
  • International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE).
  • American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).