CALEA Accreditation On-site Assessment December 15-18, 2013
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive December 15, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the team that the Indian River County Sheriff's Office meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to obtain reaccreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments about the agency at a public information session on Monday, December 16th at 6:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the auditorium of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office located at 4055 41st Avenue, Vero Beach, 32960.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 772-978-6064 on Monday, December 16th between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Comments and questions will be taken by the assessment team.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the accreditation standards is available at the Indian River County Sheriff's Office located at 4055 41st Avenue, Vero Beach, 32960. Local contact is Kristin Rightler 772-978-6207.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office has to comply with 480 law enforcement standards and 85 state standards in order to maintain accredited status. The fact that the Sheriff's Office is accredited signifies that an outside board, consisting of law enforcement professionals from different regions of the United States, have thoroughly reviewed the policies, procedures, and performance of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office and has found the Sheriff's Office to be operating in an exemplary manner, successfully addressing the needs and concerns of the community.
The Assessment Team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
The accreditation assessors consist of Deputy Chief Brad Slater, Cache County Sheriff's Office – Logan, UT and Chief Vincent Line, Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office – Centennial, CO.
Once the Commission's assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted reaccredited status.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office became the first agency on the Treasure Coast and the 173rd law enforcement agency in the nation to achieve CALEA accredited status in March 1991.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. This will be the agency's seventh on-site assessment to achieve reaccredited status.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Indian River County Sheriff's Offices ability to comply with the standards for accreditation or for more information, please write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or www.calea.org.