The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office announces its bid for reaccreditation. A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive April 4, 2022. The agency initially received accreditation status in 2019. Accreditation is a rigorous and continuous process by which the agency can ensure the highest and most professional industry standards are being practiced.
As part of the assessment, agency members and members of the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards manual is available on the CFA website at www.flaccreditation.org under the standards tab.
For more information regarding CFA or for those wishing to participate by offering written comments about the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please send correspondence to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also offer comments by phone by calling (850) 410-7200.
In a statement, Sheriff Mark Hunter said, “We are excited to welcome this team of independent assessors and are looking forward to achieving reaccreditation. Although accreditation is not required, it is important for us to let our community know we are maintaining the most professional standards. This process allows us the opportunity to be transparent with our practices, which is another way we maintain trust with our community.”
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full Commission, which then determines if the agency is to receive accredited or reaccredited status. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office’s accreditation is valid for three years.