IRCSO is a Multi-Accredited Agency
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Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. ( CFA )
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The Indian River County Sheriff's Office was first accredited through CFA in 2004 and then reaccredited in 2007 and 2010. The next CFA accreditation on-site assessment is scheduled for November 2012.
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 of 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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Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. ( FCAC )
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The Indian River County Sheriff's Office Corrections facility received its initial accreditation award by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. in 2010. The next FCAC accreditation on-site assessment is scheduled for November 2012.
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
- Establishment of measurable criteria for upgrading programs, personnel and physical plant.
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Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, Inc. ( FLA-PAC )
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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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Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. ( CALEA )
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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 and will be receiving its 6th reaccreditation award in March of 2011. The next CALEA on-site assessment is scheduled for November 2013.
The Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was the first credentialing program established by CALEA after its founding. It was originally development 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 open to 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, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, 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.
You can check the IRCSO Accreditation status at the CALEA website.