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ASO invites public to offer comments to accreditation team

Press release from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on November 28 to examine all aspects of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with 235 standards in order to receive reaccredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health, and safety issues.

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the Policy and Accreditation Unit at (352) 384-3030. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the ACSO’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please contact the Florida Accreditation Office:

P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302
1(800) 558-0218
flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us

The Policy and Accreditation Commander for the ACSO is Captain Kaley Behl. The assessment team will be 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. 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 reaccredited status. The accreditation is reviewed every three years. Verification by the team that ACSO meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve or maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. ACSO was first accredited by the CFA in 1997. This year marks the 9th reaccreditation process for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Here is a suggestion, and its a brilliant idea if I do say so myself. 👍
    Bring back Alachua County Public Schools field trips……
    to the Jail 🤔🤔🤔
    But not Elementary Students.
    Those students are too young. They are more happy about the Easter bunny, and Santa Clause. They eventually do forget, and that’s a bit much of a “field trip” IMO for elementary school students.
    Back in the 90s, the school board allowed this.
    (Don’t ask how I know that, let’s just stay in today, and just follow me here 👍)
    Allow the field trip with Middle, and High School Students. They WILL remember.
    I suggest this, because we all know, according to the Gainesville City Council Members, (“2.0”) the primary problem for gun violence in Alachua County is a lack of diversity, and lack of education….
    So……
    Bring the public school’s middle and high school students on a “field trip,” and let them have a tour the jail off NE 39th Ave.
    Show them the full body X-ray scanning machine in “book in”, and explain in detail why ACSO DOJ uses such machinery, vs the mid 90s when a “pat down” was sufficient.
    Show them the Blue and Orange Jump Suits. Show them about taking the
    Have a Sargent or a Lutennant “escort” Middle and High School students around the jail.
    And they will remember that!
    Just a suggestion. Finally,
    Well done, for the achievements on the accreditations.

    • Johnny, I fully agree. Back in the 1950’s, Sherriff Deputy Lou Hendry took a group of Jr. Deputies to the old Alachua County Jail. I turned in my badge, a lasting memory that has stuck with me over 70 years. I admire anyone in law enforcement and dang sure never wanted anything to do with a JAIL!!

  • Been through this process. It is refreshing that Gainey has opened this up to the public. Good move Sheriff.

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