For Immediate Release
Contact: Ruth Corley Office: (850) 747-4700
Public Affairs Specialist Cell: (850) 527-6592
November 27, 2012

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office will host a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) on December 4, 2012. The team will examine all aspects of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Public Information Officer in Panama City at 850-747-4700.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Bay County Sheriff’s Office ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:
CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to

The Accreditation Program Manager for the Bay County Sheriff’s Office is Deputy Amanda Rubel.  Deputy Rubel said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Master Officer Tammy Farnham of the Stuart Police Department.  Other team members are Corporal Marette Sims of the Winter Springs Police Department and Accreditation Coordinator Karen Thompson of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status.  The Bay County Sheriff’s Office accreditation is for 3 years.  Verification by the team that the Bay County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Dep. A. Rubel
Approved by Major T. Ford