National Accreditation Assessment Team praises Sheriff’s Office


A site-based assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) has reviewed the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Bureau Law Enforcement policy and procedures, management, operations and support services and has recommended reaccreditation. The Sheriff’s Office currently holds a Gold Standard Award, the highest CALEA® standard.


The assessment team noted the Sheriff’s Office has seamlessly woven it’s community outreach with crime prevention programs in a manner that is a model for other agencies. The assessment team interviewed members of the Sheriff’s Office, community leaders and citizens. The team told Sheriff Rick Ramsay and his command staff this week that those community policing efforts are extraordinarily effective and demonstrates best practices in law enforcement.


“It will always be my philosophy that the Sheriff’s Office mission simply cannot be accomplished without a strong commitment to partnerships, not just with other law enforcement agencies, but with business, religious and neighborhood leaders and residents of all types,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “The many residents who were interviewed by the accreditation team responded similarly, which drives home my point that this agency will never stop maintaining cleaner safer streets and cleaner, safer neighborhoods.”


The Sheriff’s Office  has to comply with 374 standards in order to retain accredited status. Accreditation is for four years, during which the Sheriff’s Office must submit annual reports, and participate in annual remote web-based file reviews attesting continued compliance with those standards under which the Sheriff’s Office was initially accredited.


The Sheriff’s Office is professionally accredited by five separate accreditation agencies:


  • The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA® The national law enforcement accreditation)
  • The American Correctional Association (national corrections accreditation)
  • The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditations
  • The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission
  • The National Commission on Correctional Health Care


The Sheriff’s Office is also a national Triple Crown Award winner regarding its accreditation status. The Triple Crown Award is given to Sheriff’s Offices which achieve simultaneous accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Correctional Association, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA®) and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.