Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hendry Sheriff Seeks Official Accreditation

Public Comments Sought About Hendry County Sheriff’s Office
LABELLE, FL. -- A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on August 6, 2012 to examine all aspects of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services,” Sheriff Steve Whidden announced today. “Hendry County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status."

Whidden said, “The Assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.” 

The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Brad Hodge of the Satellite Beach Police Department. Other teams members are Wendy Puglis of Martin County Sheriff’s Office and Brian Hester of St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. Henry County Sheriff’s Office accreditation is for 3 years. “Verification by the team that Hendry County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence” said Sheriff Whidden.

For more information regarding the CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando, Florida, 32817.


  1. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Oh we can tell it election time!!! Besides that, he had better hope he can do it. Meeting only 260 standards is childs play considering the larger of agencies is over 900 plus standards.

    The assessors will require telephone input from the public when they are onsite. That will prove interesting. Also any pending or prior litigation items will be looked at.

    Here is more money being spent on what amount to the ability to claim it and wear a patch or pin. That and paying an "accreditation manager" to oversee this, and adding another layer of bureaucratic evil to the mix.

    Cannot wait for this to happen. Boy do they have a rude awakening in store from outside.

    Not to mention there are agencies across the country dropping this process as being wasteful and money hungry uselessness. Oh and they also peruse the local blogs and media as well.

  2. Anonymous5:35 PM

    They are supposed to post the contact number not just the address. So far they are failing. Noticed you can actually purchase the accreditation certificate framed, that's cool. Whidden can hang it next to his purchased online two year degree.