The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC)
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office Corrections facility received its initial accreditation award by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. in 2010 and was reaccredited in 2013. The next FCAC accreditation on-site assessment is scheduled for February 2016.
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
Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, INC. (FLA-PAC)
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.
The Commission on Accrediation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
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, 2011 and 2013. The next CALEA on-site assessment is scheduled for November 2016.
The Law Enforcement Accreditaion Program was the first credentialing program established by CALEA after its founding. It was originally developed 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 to open 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, 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.
Public Safety Communications Accreditation (CALEA)
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office received its Public Safety Communications initial accreditation award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2015.
The Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program was developed in 1999 by CALEA with the participation and technical support of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International, Inc. (APCO International®). This accreditation program allows stand-alone communications centers or communications departments within other public safety organizations such as law enforcement, fire, or Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies to voluntarily participate in a credentialing program that promotes public safety communications services and recognizes professional excellence.
You can check the IRCSO Accreditation Status at the CALEA website.