Sheriff’s Office opens line for CCC accreditation comments

Press release from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be conducting a remote assessment on October 26 -27, 2020, to examine all aspects of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Combined Communications Center policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessment will be handled remotely due to COVID-19 precautions.

Accreditation by the assessment team verifies that the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Combined Communications Center meets the state-of-the-art standards.  This assessment is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the assessment, a dedicated phone line, 352-264-6673, will be available for comments from the public on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The general public is invited to offer comments to the assessment team but must address the agency’s ability to comply with the Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program’s standards.  A copy of the standards is available through the ACSO Policy and Accreditation Office at 352-384-3030.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please contact the Commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA  22030; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or www@calea.org.

CALEA accreditation provides a communications center with a process to systematically review and assess its operations and procedures. The ASO Combined Communications Center (CCC) received its initial CALEA PSCAP Accreditation in 2002 and was reaccredited for the third consecutive time in March 2011.

In 1998 and 2011, the CCC received the distinguished “Flagship Award” from CALEA, awarded only to the most successful CALEA-accredited agencies in recognition of their achievements and expertise.

In March 2014, the CCC received its first Gold Standard Award, further elevating the CCC to elite status among accredited centers. The Gold Standard Assessment focuses on processes and outcomes through interviews and observations, as opposed to traditional intensive and comprehensive file review. The last assessment was held in November 2016, with reaccreditation, and the agency’s second Gold Standard Award was awarded on March 25, 2017.