SHALIMAR — A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will arrive May 7 to examine Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, Inspector Robert Norris said.


SHALIMAR — A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will arrive May 7 to examine Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, Inspector Robert Norris said.



The sheriff’s office, or OSCO, must comply with approximately 260 standards to maintain accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety.



As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the public may offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available by calling 651-7420.



OSCO initially earned full accreditation from the CFA in 2010.



Email info@flaccreditation.org to learn more about the process or offer comments on Okaloosa’s potential accreditation. Alternatively, write to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302.



Fast Facts:



•This is a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.



•This year’s assessment team comprises law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.



•Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance occurs.



•Maj. Ron Cave, of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, will lead the assessing team.



•Other team members are Sgt. Rob Pace of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and Bill Nuzzi of the Altamonte Springs Police Department.



•Once assessors complete their agency review, they report to the full Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, which will decide whether the agency receives accredited status for three years.