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Public Input Sought by Reaccreditation Assessment Team

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ccso-logosmallThe Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing national reaccreditation for law enforcement through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

During the days of April 7 - 10, the Sheriff’s Office will undergo an on-site assessment in keeping with its bid for national reaccreditation through CALEA's Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.


Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8, at the Inverness Airport, the agency will set up a static display of equipment and specialty units for inspection by the assessors and the general public.  Among the equipment on display will be the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, command post, patrol vehicle, and motorcycle.  Specialty units with equipment will include: canine, marine, underwater recovery, hazardous devices, special weapons and tactics, traffic, crime watch, and a public service officer.  Sheriff's Office personnel will be on hand to answer questions regarding the use and application of the specialized equipment on display.


As part of this on-site assessment, there will also be an opportunity for citizens to give
public input on Tuesday, April 9, from 1 to 3 p.m., by calling (352) 249-2846.  A member of the
CALEA assessment team will answer this local telephone number and will personally listen to the callers' comments regarding the Sheriff's Office.

Telephone comments will be restricted to five minutes in length and should address the
agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards.  To review a copy of these standards, please
contact the Sheriff's Office Manager of Information and Media Services Ms. Heather Yates at (352) 341-7459.

Members of the public are also invited to provide comments at a public hearing to be conducted at the Emergency Operations Center, 3549 Saunders Way, Lecanto, Fl., on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 7:00 p.m.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the ability of the Sheriff's Office to
meet CALEA standards may send them directly to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite
320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

According to Captain Doug Dodd, CALEA assessors are law enforcement professionals from outside the state of Florida who are well versed in the national standards.

"While our agency has been state accredited since 2000, we were accredited nationally
for the first time in 2007 and reaccredited in 2010.  Every three years we must prove our
continued compliance with national standards to stay accredited," Dodd added.

The two-member assessment team will include Team Leader Sheriff Howard Niemeier, of the Bracken County Sheriff’s Office, in Brooksville, Kentucky and Team Member Mr. John Tucker of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division in Columbia, South Carolina.  During the four days they're here, the assessors will review written policies and procedures, conduct interviews with agency personnel and tour facilities where compliance with CALEA standards may be observed first hand.

Sheriff Dawsy is a strong proponent of the accreditation process and believes that national accreditation is vital to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office because it increases the
confidence of the community in the agency.

"CALEA accreditation clearly demonstrates that we are following a set of nationally
proven policies and operating procedures," Dawsy said. "It not only sets high standards for the agency, but ensures high quality service for citizens in terms of public safety."




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