Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sheriff's Office Granted Accreditation Again

LABELLE, FL. -- Sheriff Steve Whidden annouced today that the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office has been unanimously granted Reaccreditation status by the Commission of Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation during its meeting in Westin, Florida, on Wednesday, October 7, 2015.

“Receiving accreditation is an honor which is earned. It is not just given, nor should it be”, said Sheriff Steve Whidden. “Accreditation is one of the primary ways to ensure professionalism and therefore the integrity of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. Each member of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office contributes each day to this high honor. I commend and thank all of them for their hard work and dedication.”

Hendry County Sheriff’s Office received its initial Law Enforcement Accreditation on September 27, 2012. The current accreditation cycle is for a period of three years.

The benefit of accreditation is three pronged – the Community, Agency Deputies and the Sheriff.

For the Officer, it sets the foundation for policies, guidelines, procedures and training. It requires that those policies and procedures are available and accessible to all employees, at all times. It ensures safety and training and assures employees that the system is fair and equitable. It addresses officer safety issues and provides for adequate training and equipment for the officers.

For the Community, the accreditation process benefits them by ensuring that they (you) receive professional service from Sheriff’s Office personnel. Because of the policies and procedures set forth by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, the public is directly affected. Accreditation, combined with the philosophy of community policing, work together to control and prevent crime.

For the Sheriff, Accreditation increases operation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and branches of the criminal justice system. It ensures that we are doing what we can to reduce agency exposure to liability and provides for accountability.

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