The Bay County Sheriff's Office received this week official re-accreditation status for the fourth consecutive time in a ceremony near Ocala, Florida.
Accreditation status is awarded a law enforcement agency when over 250 best-practice standards are implemented followed by a rigorous examination on compliance levels. Once this accreditation process is passed, the agency is awarded accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Commission is made up of Chiefs, Sheriffs, and Law Enforcement CEOs.
The BCSO was first accredited in 2001. Re-accreditation occurs every three years. In December of 2012, the BCSO went through a three day, full-compliance re-accreditation process and was awarded 100% compliance status in all applicable standards.
The certificate of re-accreditation was presented to Sheriff McKeithen by the Chairman of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Ms. Julie Jones, who is also the Executive Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Information provided by the Bay County Sheriff's Office