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Pinellas County Jail earns three-year re-accreditation

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After a roughly two-month evaluation process, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department of Detention and Corrections received a three-year re-accreditation.

The American Correctional Association (ACA), the world’s oldest and largest international correctional association, visited the Pinellas County Jail at 14400 49th Street N. in Clearwater, from May 18 to May 20, to perform the review.

Around two months passed before the approval was unanimously passed and finalized on Aug. 16 by an ACA accreditation commission in Indianapolis, Ind.

The jail’s organization, management, operations, and administration were all dissected during the review.

Going deeper, things like establishing agency goals and objectives, along with provisions for periodic updating were also considered by the ACA accreditation commission; as were re-evaluations of whether agency resources were in accord with those agency goals, and objectives.

Also, the board looked at agency policies and procedures, especially the agency’s written directive system. It also examined the jail’s ability to correct internal deficiencies and inefficiencies before they become public problems.

In a press release, Sheriff Bob Gualtieri touched on the accreditation process:

“Accreditation inspection and evaluation is a rigorous process that ensures facilities and agencies are operating properly and meeting the highest standards,” said Gualtieri. “There were many positive comments by the ACA regarding the professionalism of Pinellas Sheriff’s Office members and the overall operation of our facility”.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office continues to be a “triple accredited” agency — in corrections, correctional health care and law enforcement — that’s recognized by the National Sheriff’s Association.

Less than 1 percent of the country’s sheriff’s offices are triple accredited.

Devon Crumpacker is a Tampa Bay based writer and reporter for Extensive Enterprises Media. He primarily covers Pinellas County politics for SaintPetersblog.com, but also makes time to write the occasional bar review for FloridaBarTab.com. He lives in St. Petersburg with his fiance, Sydney. To contact, e-mail devon@floridapolitics.com, or visit his Twitter page @DevonCrumpacker.

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