|CFA Assessors praise the work of WCSO staff|
The first phase of the 2014 Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Standards (CFA) review took place at the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office during the week of June 9.
Three veteran law enforcement officers with backgrounds at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office and University of North Florida Police Department visited the WCSO to review policies and procedures in anticipation of the official accreditation visit in late July.
Tim Elder, Bob Brongel and Andy Joiner visited with WCSO staff and reviewed hundreds of documents as the sheriff’s office gets ready to renew the three year accreditation.
Brongel complemented the sheriff’s office’s morale and said the morale was “a result of good leadership from the Sheriff, Undersheriff and Command Staff.”
The three law enforcement veterans made recommendations of minor changes to policies, something that will be addressed by the WCSO accreditation staff of Lt. Danny Deal and Deputy Katie Deal.
Tim Elder said he has been part of nearly 100 law enforcement accreditation visits during his career and was impressed with the interaction between WCSO staff and the assessors. “I have been at agencies where they staff will see the assessors coming and quickly head into an office and close the door,” he said. “That was not the case here. Your staff was ready, willing and able to help us.”
The assessors visited with a number of WCSO divisions including: Property and Evidence; Crime Scene; Communications; Records; Public Information; Finance and Courthouse Security Bailiffs. During the July visit a different group of assessors assigned to Wakulla County will also take part in ride-alongs with road patrol deputies to see how they operate.
“I want to thank you for your time and comments about our agency being a family,” said Sheriff Charlie Creel. “I consider the staff my friends and co-workers. They are not my employees.”
The accreditation review process occurs every three years although this is the first year that the Communication Division has had its own designated review separate from law enforcement and corrections.