A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will be in Sarasota County beginning this Saturday to examine the policies, procedures, operations and support services of the Public Safety Communications Center (PSC).
The PSC must comply with over 200 standards. It originally received accredited status in November 2002 and was re-accredited in 2005, 2007 and 2010. Re-accreditation is a voluntary process but a highly prized recognition of communications professional excellence. This objective is also part of the Sheriff’s Office Four-Year Strategic Plan.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement and public safety communications practitioners from similar, but out-of- state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit the 911 Center, agency offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by telephone on Monday, December 16, 2013, by calling
941-861-5524 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the PSC’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.
A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff’s Office Front Desk, 2071 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, or 4531 SR. 776, Venice. Citizens can submit written comments by mailing them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), 13585 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155.
Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which then decides if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status.