Charlotte County, FL- April 21, 2022
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office was awarded national reaccreditation on April 2, 2022, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) for Law Enforcement and Communications. CCSO first earned this award in 2005 in the area of Law Enforcement and in 2015 for Communications. Each agency being reviewed, goes before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agencies’ accreditation status.
“Providing the highest level of community protection and service is a top priority,” says Sheriff Bill Prummell. “By being an accredited agency, we are held to the highest of standards,” he adds.
The purpose of the Commission is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety, and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is how a public safety agency voluntarily demonstrates how it meets professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
“This award of accreditation does not come easy,” said CALEA President Marcus Brown. “Agencies must go through a rigorous review and evaluation of their organization and then implement the necessary policy and procedure changes. The process does not stop at that point. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards. Each community with CALEA accredited agencies should be feel confident that their public safety organization is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.”
On April 2, 2022, members of the Accreditation team and Sheriff Bill Prummell received this honorable recognition.
Sheriff Bill Prummell accepts the Accreditation with Excellence Award with (from left); CALEA Chairperson CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr., Professional Compliance Specialist Erika Cornwell, CCSO Professional Compliance Manager Deborah Maikowski, CCSO Professional Compliance Analysts Terri Harris and Heidi Robbins, and CALEA Representative.