Kudos Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Bradenton Police Department for passing rigorous tests

December 8, 2012 

Kudos to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and the Bradenton Police Department. Both law enforcement agencies won reaccreditation over the past few months. This is no easy task but a demanding exercise whereby agencies are placed under a microscope to ascertain professionalism at the highest standards.

The sheriff's office won national reaccreditation in a unanimous vote of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The organization sends inspectors onsite to review every level of an agency's operation and ensure compliance with 464 standards. Imagine that occurring in a civilian workplace.

From the detectives, narcotics unit and patrol division to the jail, lab and bomb squad, everything gets reviewed every three years. The MSO has won accreditation since 1990

"I think it's a great thing for not only our agency, but for our community," Sheriff Brad Steube remarked two weeks ago after securing the award. "It's goes to prove again the hard work of the men and women and the sheriff's office and how we're able to maintain this."

In a word, yes.

Earlier this fall, the BPD won reaccreditation from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, earning full compliance on 215 standards. First accredited in 2003, the department has retained that status since then.

"This process is just validation that the men and women of the city of Bradenton Police Department continuously demonstrate excellence and professionalism by complying with up to date polices and procedures that are set forth by the law enforcement accrediting body for the State of Florida," Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski stated.

Yes again.

We should all be proud of these and all men and women who serve to protect.

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