The Policy and Accreditation Unit researches, writes, edits, and promulgates the policies and procedures of the Alachua County Sheriff ’s Office into our Directive Management System and manages several accreditation processes. The unit is commanded by Captain Lori Stophel.
Accreditation aids a law enforcement agency’s pursuit of professional excellence by strengthening agency accountability, both internally and within the community. Accreditation builds community and governmental support, as well as employee confidence in the direction and future of the
The Alachua County Sheriff ’s Office received the National Sheriffs Association’s Triple Crown Award in 2000 by simultaneously achieving CALEA, ACA, and NCCHC Accreditation.
Acquiring all three at the same time is an extraordinary feat. In fact, Triple Crown distinction is so rare that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 35 sheriffs’ offices have qualified. This is a one-time award that is maintained by the agency forever.
Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA)
ASO received its initial CFA accreditation in 1997 and was reaccredited for the fifth consecutive time in 2012, achieving “Excelsior Agency” status. The last reaccreditation was held in November 2020, with the fourth Excelsior award received in February 2021.
Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC)
All aspects of correctional operations are addressed through FCAC standards, including the following topics: General Administration, Written Directive System, Fiscal Services, Human Resources, Authority, Performance Evaluations, Discipline/Internal Affairs, Infectious Diseases, Training, Security and Control, Order and Discipline, Confinement, Special Operations, Admission, Classification, Release, Inmate Housing, Privileges, Programs, Clothing and Bedding, Sanitation, Hygiene, Food Service, Juveniles, Medical Section, Pharmacy, Physical Plant and Safety, Prisoner Transportation, Inmate Work, Correspondence, Sexual Abuse and Courthouse Holding Areas. The ASO Department of the Jail received its initial FCAC Accreditation in 1999 and was reaccredited for the fifth consecutive time in October 2014, achieving “Excelsior Agency” status. The last reaccreditation was held in August 2020, with the third Excelsior award received in October 2020.
Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program (PSCAP) through Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
CALEA accreditation provides a communications center with a process to systematically review and assess its operations and procedures. The ASO Combined Communications Center (CCC) received its initial CALEA PSCAP Accreditation in 2002 and was reaccredited for the third consecutive time in March 2011.
In 1998 and 2011, the CCC received the distinguished “Flagship Award” from CALEA, awarded only to the most successful CALEA-accredited agencies in recognition of their achievements and expertise.
In March 2014, the CCC received its first Gold Standard Award, further elevating the CCC to elite status among accredited centers. The Gold Standard Assessment focuses on processes and outcomes through interviews and observations, as opposed to traditional intensive and comprehensive file review. The last reaccreditation assessment was held in November 2020, with the agency’s third Gold Standard Award to be awarded in 2021.
The Policy and Accreditation Unit ensures compliance with Bias Based Profiling requirements and best practices – more information can be found here.