SJSO Receives 4th Excelsior Award, Shoar Receives Bittner Award

St. Johns County Sheriff David B. Shoar announced the agency has maintained accreditation status for the eighth (8 th ) consecutive term by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), while also receiving the prestigious Excelsior Recognition for the fourth (4th) consecutive term. Additionally, the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) recently presented the Bittner Award to Sheriff Shoar for his significant contributions to public safety.

The CFA review process examines all aspects of an agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services to determine compliance with recognized standards of excellence.

The Certificate of Reaccreditation and Excelsior Recognition were recently presented (virtually) to Sheriff Shoar and the Accreditation Team by the CFA Commission. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office was initially accredited by CFA in 1996. The Excelsior Recognition is the highest level of achievement within CFA and it recognizes some of the finest criminal justice agencies in the State of Florida.

The CFA assessment team spoke highly of the agency during their review. The assessment team leader, LT Mark Buffington, commented that he would encourage other agencies to tour the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office to glean ideas and processes. He also said, “It was the smoothest onsite I’ve done in 11 years.”

SJSO Director Jason Sheffield commented, “More importantly, all three assessors specifically recognized our personnel’s understanding of Sheriff Shoar’s mission statement of “Taking Care of People.”

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office also garnered national accreditation status in 1991 from CALEA and has consistently maintained that status through each reaccreditation assessment. CALEA recently presented the Bittner Award to Sheriff David Shoar for his contributions to the public safety

profession and to CALEA. Sheriff Shoar said, “It is a true honor to receive this prestigious award on behalf of the men and women of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. It is their constant and relentless dedication to our community that make this award possible.”

The Egon Bittner Award is presented to Chief Executive Officers who have commanded a CALEA Accredited agency for fifteen (15) or more continuous years. Professor Egon Bittner greatly contributed to CALEA’s early development in 1979-80 and was a CALEA Commissioner from 1981-88, during the critical developmental stage of the organization.

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