Following a unanimous vote by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony is proud to announce that the Broward Sheriff’s Office has regained full accreditation status.
“This is an important day for the Broward Sheriff’s Office and the residents of this community,” Sheriff Tony said. “Losing our accreditation 15 months ago, following two high-profile crises, was a blow to the agency. Under my leadership, we overhauled our training regimen, made significant equipment enhancements and improved our command structure and response protocols. Accreditation reinforces BSO as a symbol of law enforcement excellence and professionalism.”
At the CFA meeting on Thursday to announce the results, assessors remarked that BSO “exceeded” standards and is “exceptionally well-prepared.” The Commission stated that BSO “accomplished a monumental task in a very short period of time” to regain accreditation.
The CFA singled out the Real Time Crime Center as an example of the type of proactive, responsive law enforcement technology that distinguishes BSO.
In June 2019, BSO lost its law enforcement accreditation as a result of the handling of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shootings. BSO requested to have the timeframe for reconsideration sped up, and on Oct. 2, 2019, the CFA unanimously voted to approve Sheriff Tony’s request for an earlier than normal review to restore BSO’s law enforcement accreditation.
In June 2020, BSO welcomed a group of assessors from the CFA to view the agency’s compliance with rigorous accreditation standards. BSO voluntarily took part in the assessment conducted from June 30 through July 2. Assessors reviewed agency policies, procedures and records and conducted interviews with staff members to ensure BSO is following guidelines set forth by accreditation standards and state laws.