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FCAC inspectors complete first phase of jail accreditation assessment

The first phase of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Accreditation Review for the detention facility concluded Friday, July 18 with the exit interview.

 

Lt. Jeff Owens of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and Sherrie Matthews of the Indian River Sheriff’s Office spent three days reviewing files and policies, conducting interviews and getting a first-hand look at the detention operation as the WCSO prepares for the final jail accreditation review in August.

Owens and Matthews represented the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC) as the WCSO runs through the process to get the jail re-accredited.
Sheriff Charlie Creel attended the exit interview along with Major Jared Miller, Captain Jackie Martin, Lt. Lindsay Maxwell, Detention Deputy Randy Barnes and Armor Medical Administrator Yvonne Jeffra.

After the FCAC visit concluded Matthews said the WCSO staff “really has the best interest of the agency” in mind while working. “The inspection is a validation of you doing what the law says you must do.”
Lt. Owens added that the WCSO has “strong files” and “your staff is a family. My hat’s off to you. That’s not an easy thing to attain.”

Sheriff Creel thanked the inspectors for their comments and added that he is proud of being able to operate the agency with a family atmosphere for the staff. Major Miller added that putting the jail through the accreditation process every three years “is the best thing we’ve ever done.”

 

The WCSO Law Enforcement Division will complete the last phase of accreditation with a final inspectors visit the week of July 28. The Communications Division passed its accreditation inspection a few weeks ago.

When all the inspecting is done, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office will be the first agency in the state to have all three divisions accredited at the same time. The WCSO will receive plaques from the inspecting agencies in October.

 

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