Accreditation is part of the Administrative Bureau. Accreditation serves to distinguish participating organizations as having met professional standards for operations and service. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office recognized the need to develop professional standards, just as in other professional organizations, through the processes of accreditation that reflect the most current best practices in providing professional service to citizens and visitors in Manatee County.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office maintains accreditation status with four accrediting agencies: the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the American Correctional Association (ACA); the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA), and the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC). The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office also maintains certification with Florida Model Jail Standards (FMJS) and the agency Crime Laboratory is accredited through Forensic Accreditation (FQS-I) meeting appropriate ISO standards.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office was first accredited by CALEA in 1990, ACA in 1992, CFA in 1996 and FCAC in 2011. The Sheriff’s Office was re-accredited by CALEA in November of 2012 with a Meritorious citation and reaccredited by CFA with an Excelsior citation in September 2011.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) was established in 1979 as an independent accrediting authority and is the largest law enforcement accrediting authority throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Barbados. CALEA requires participating agencies to comply with the highest professional standards in four areas: Policy and Procedures, Administration, Operation and Support Services.

The American Correctional Association (ACA) was founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, changing its name to the American Correctional Association in 1954. ACA utilizes the principals of humanity, justice, protection, opportunity knowledge, competence and accountability to develop sound correctional practices.

Florida accreditation was specifically designed to meet the needs of Florida law enforcement agencies and corrections facilities to more efficiently achieve and maintain professional accountability to Florida statutes and administrative codes.

Accreditation standards are designed to reflect best professional practices in each respective area of law enforcement and corrections. The standards deal with the “what”, leaving the decision of “how” up to each participating agency.


Planning & Research

Planning & Research is part of the Administrative Bureau. Planning & Research/Inspections provides fact-finding capability to ensure that goals and objectives are met through the triennial staff inspection of all components and the special inspection of selected components, provide research capability to staff as needed, and develop short and long-range plans.

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