Friday, October 16, 2015

CCSO Corrections Achieves Excelsior Status Accreditation

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded Excelsior Status by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission(FCAC).

Excelsior Status is the FCAC’s highest form of recognition for continued excellence in the field of Corrections accreditation. To achieve Excelsior status, a Florida agency must have achieved initial accredited status and then achieve five successful re-accreditation assessments without conditions. Assessments are conducted at three-year intervals, therefore the Excelsior process takes approximately 15 years for an agency to acquire.

In July, a team of assessors examined all aspects of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessors commended CCSO members for their knowledge and enthusiasm. They also commended several programs, including the 2nd Chance Cell Dog Program, a partnership between the CCSO and the Humane Society of Naples.   This program gives puppies a second chance at life and at the same time teaches inmates valuable life and job skills in the areas of dog training, grooming and veterinary assistant skills that they will be able to use after they complete their sentences. The assessors said they planned to take information regarding this programs back to their own agencies.

CCSO was reaccredited October 6, 2015, in Weston
, FL. The agency received initial accreditation from the FCAC in 2000, and has been reaccredited every three years since then.

Undergoing the voluntary state accreditation process provides an agency with a quality assurance review and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient and effective daily operations.

Becoming accredited by the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission is considered a significant accomplishment and this status is held in high esteem by the criminal justice community.

CCSO has been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1994, and accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) since 1999.