American Correctional Association Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission on Accreditations for Law Enforcement Agencies Intl' Academies of Emergency Dispatch


When the Manatee County Sheriff's Office became an accredited law enforcement agency, it affirmed our strong commitment to the highest standards of professionalism. By maintaining our accreditation, the Sheriff's Office continues to demonstrate its commitment to provide the best and most effective possible service to the community and neighboring law enforcement agencies

The accreditation concept utilizes a voluntary, self-motivated approach by which organizations seek to achieve, objectively verify, and maintain high quality operations through periodic evaluations conducted by an independent, non-governmental body that has established standards for its "clientele."

To earn and maintain accreditation, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office voluntarily complies with or exceeds nationally recognized standards of operation. Following application for accreditation, a law enforcement agency must undergo self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review, and must maintain compliance.

Since the accreditation process is an accomplishment that cannot be achieved without a total office-wide commitment, every employee of the sheriff's office contributes in some way to achieving and maintaining accreditation standards. The public's input toward accreditation standards and compliance is welcomed.

Benefits of Accreditation:

  • The community is assured that its Sheriff's Office is committed to providing services of the highest quality; and that its policies and procedures are effective and responsive on the one hand, and fair and equitable on the other.
  • Accreditation assures agency employees that every aspect of its personnel system is in accord with national standards.
  • Accreditation promotes relationships within the Criminal Justice Continuum by encouraging mutual aid agreements with neighboring law enforcement agencies and better working relationships with the courts, thereby increasing efficiency in handling calls for assistance, referrals, and joint investigations.
  • The Sheriff's Office has access to a continuing flow of information about exemplary policies, procedures, and projects as distributed by the Commission.
  • By having well defined policies and procedures, such as those affecting vehicle pursuits and the use of force, accreditation reduces the likelihood of liability suits and thus significantly assists the Sheriff's Office in its risk management.
  • Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services.
  • Increase law enforcement capabilities to prevent and control crime.
  • Increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the Manatee County Sheriff's Office

2011 Audit Report

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau has received its 6th Reaccreditation Award by the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections (CAC). ACA and CAC are private, nonprofit organizations that administer the only national accreditation program for all components of adult and juvenile corrections. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau has been successfully accredited since 1992. The final audit report from the American Correctional Association may be accessed at the following link:
2011 Standard Compliance Reaccreditation Audit

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