A state panel has voted unanimously to revoke the law enforcement accreditation of the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the largest sheriff’s office in Florida.
The loss of accreditation — a voluntary certification sought by law enforcement agencies — won’t affect BSO’s operations in a major way. But it is a further blow to the agency’s prestige at a time when a new command staff, including a new sheriff, are dealing with a string of failures and questionable conduct by deputies.
The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) cited BSO’s mishandling of the Parkland school shooting last year and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting in 2017 as reasons for its decision in a 13-0 vote last week
Accreditation allows agencies to standardize their practices and make sure they meet widely accepted guidelines. It can also help buttress agencies in defending themselves against lawsuits as it shows their procedures have been validated by outside experts, as well as lower their insurance rates. In Florida, there are more than 200 standards that an agency must meet to to maintain accreditation.<
Higher insurance rates meas less money to be used somewhere and you bet administration is not going to get the short end of that checkbook. I think yers of shoddy leadership are finally coming to roost a top of the agency.
By the way, I made a bet with Lee Williams from The Gun Writer. I m betting Scott Israel is elected Broward Sheriff again and he says it won’t happen.
One beer/ One Coke. Hey, budgets are short!