The Chief Inspector is in charge of the Office of Professional Standards and reports directly to the Sheriff. The Office of Professional Standards performs the following functions:
Citizen Complaint/Commendation Form - The form can be viewed in Adobe Acrobat Reader and then printed. You may also scan and email the form or come to the lobby to pick up the form.
It is essential that the citizens of Alachua County have confidence in their Sheriff's Office and the administration which supervises the exercise of police authority. This mandates that procedures for investigating and resolving all concerns and allegations of misconduct be instituted.
Although citizen comments are frequently based upon misunderstandings of the law or established law enforcement procedures, they are of great concern and can lead to a mistrust of law enforcement if not investigated or explained. All citizens are encouraged to bring forward legitimate comments, concerns, commendations and/or grievances regarding ACSO employees.
One function of this Office is to provide fact-finding assistance to the Sheriff and her staff by providing a systematic, objective and impartial method of investigating concerns regarding employee misconduct.
Inspectors assigned the Internal Affairs function are responsible for conducting Administrative Investigations arising from allegations of employee misconduct or lack of performance, criminal investigations, use of deadly force incidents, and any matter as directed by the Sheriff.
All complaints received against the ACSO or any employee will be documented, investigated and resolved by established procedures.
When the investigation or inquiry is completed, the employee in charge of the investigation shall classify his/her findings as follows:
The function of Staff Inspections is to provide fact finding assistance to the Sheriff. Staff Inspections should provide a systematic, objective review of office facilities, equipment, personnel administration and operational activities outside the normal supervisory and line inspection procedures. The primary purpose of Staff Inspections is to ensure sound operating procedures within the Sheriff's Office are being followed, to detect and correct deficiencies, and recommend new and improved methods or procedures.
Policy and Accreditation Unit—491-4450 The Policy and Accreditation Unit functions under the Office of Professional Standards.
The Policy Specialist researches, writes, edits, and promulgates the policies and procedures of the ACSO into the ACSO Directive Management System after review by executive staff.
The Accreditation Specialist maintains records pertaining to the accreditations currently held by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. The components of an accreditation program include professionals who act with discretion in the public trust to standards set by experts in the field. An independent process is designed to implement the standards, verify compliance and award recognition.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office received the National Sheriffs' Association's Triple Crown Award in 2000 by simultaneously achieving CALEA, ACA and NCCHC Accreditation. Acquiring all three at the same time is an extraordinary feat. In fact, the Triple Crown distinction is so rare, that since the establishment of the award in 1993, fewer than 35 sheriffs' offices have qualified. This is a one-time award that is maintained by the agency forever.
The ACSO is currently accredited through:
Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). Accreditation allows a law enforcement agency to gain professional excellence, community and governmental support, as well as employee confidence in the direction and future of the agency. The ACSO received its initial CFA Accreditation in 1997 and was reaccredited for the sixth consecutive time in 2015. Since 2012, the ACSO has received the Excelsior Award which is given only to agencies with five consecutive reaccreditations without conditions. The next last reaccreditation assessment occurred in December of 2017. The ACSO is expected to receive its next Excelsior award in February of 2018.
Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission (FCAC). The overall purpose of the FCAC is to improve the delivery of correctional services. All aspects of Correctional operations are addressed through the standards, including: Admission, Classification, Housing, Sanitation, Food Services, Personnel Issues, Fiscal Activities, Security, Training, and Medical. The ACSO received its initial FCAC Accreditation in 1999 and was reaccredited for the fifth consecutive time in October of 2014, also earning the Excelsior award for Corrections. The last assessment was held in August of 2017. The ACSO is expected to receive its second Excelsior award in February of 2018.
Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program (PSCAP) through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The CALEA Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program provides a communications center with a process to systemically review and internally assess its operations and procedures. The ACSO Combined Communications Center (CCC) received its initial CALEA PSCAP Accreditation in 2002 and was reaccredited for the fifth consecutive time in March 2017. In 2008 and 2011, the CCC received the distinguished "Flagship Award" from CALEA, making it one of only several communication centers throughout the United States who have achieved this status. In 2014 and 2017, the CCC received the Gold Standard Award during the accreditation process, the highest level of reaccreditation.
The General Counsel provides legal advice and counsel to the Sheriff, Sheriff's Office command staff, and employees in a variety of legal areas, including (but not limited to) the duties, responsibilities, and authority of the Sheriff; criminal law; constitutional law; public records law; and labor and employment law. The General Counsel also conducts forfeiture litigation, reviews and drafts contracts and mutual aid agreements, and provides legal updates on case law and new legislation.
The General Counel is not a legal advisor for the General Public. Citizens can refer to the State website for guidance at www.myflorida.gov
The Public Information Office is a conduit for the most up-to-date information provided to the public concerning all matters relating to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
The Public Information Office often responds to citizen requests for information. Pro-active coverage of major events, arrests, and unusual situations occurring within the scope of law enforcement work are provided as events unfold.
In addition, the Public Information Office is responsible for producing the Crime Stoppers funded "North Central Florida's Most Wanted." The Office maintains the news/media and crime prevention portions of the ACSO website, and produces educational literature and presents crime prevention programs.
Hours of Operation
After hour requests, on weekends, or during observed holidays for public records, can be fulfilled by speaking with the on-duty shift commander. Please remember, a Public Information Officer (PIO) is always on call for emergencies, significant breaking news events, or matters of importance. The below listed information is to be used as a guide for the media in their acquisition of information from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
Normal working hours and After Hours Emergency Contact for the Public Information Office are Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to contact the Public Information Office can do so by dialing the secretary at (352) 367-4050. The Alachua County Sheriff's Office lead PIO, Art Forgey, can be reached during normal business hours at (352) 367-4045. After-hours and on weekends or holidays, please contact a Watch Commander at (352) 955-1818.
With breaking news stories, a PIO will be notified by the shift commander and will be asked to handle all media requests. Please do not contact the shift commander with requests during these incidents, rather contact the Communications Operations Bureau at (352) 955-1818 and have the on-duty PIO return your call.
ACSO has provided a kiosk in the lobby that is the sole source for the media log for any and all news agencies. Please contact the Public Information Office for a User Name and Password.
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The booking log is generated by the records staff at the ACSO Department of the Jail, located at 3333 NE 39 Avenue. The log is posted in the DOJ lobby usually around 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. The log is a listing of anyone who has been brought into the DOJ for booking or processing for the Juvenile Assessment Center. The log will contain the following:
In the case of a juvenile being booked or processed by the DOJ, an entry of "Confidential Juvenile" will be stamped in the name section of the log. This will also be true for people who meet the Marchman criteria and are housed in the DOJ. "Confidential Marchman" will be stamped in the name section of the log.
Many times a Capias or Warrant is documented on the log. This does not constitute an on-view arrest. Look at the Capias or Warrant number. Provide this number to the record's staff to determine who the initiating agency was and when the document was issued.
If you wish to receive a copy of the arrest paperwork or photograph of the person, copy the jail number and name down and provide it to the lobby staff. When time permits, a record's technician will process your request and provide you with the information. Please provide all of the needed information along with your phone number to the records staff. They can be reached at (352) 491-4444. Please understand that due to their workload, you may experience a delay.
Payment must be made at time of request.
Color Picture $3.25
Black/white picture $1.00
paperwork $1.00 per page
Trauma Intervention and Special Services Bureau (TISSB) was established by Sheriff Darnell in 2007. The Bureau name was born out of the Sheriff's mission of service to the community and vision to enhance existing services by promoting innovative best practices for vulnerable victim populations that is both victim-centered and trauma informed.
The goal of the Bureau is to ensure that victims of crime are treated with fairness, respect and dignity by providing assistance and services to them in an effort to lessen the impact of crime. The Bureau is comprised of a Bureau Chief and a Victim Advocate Unit with four victim advocates who respond to victims of crime reporting to the Sheriff’s Office, along with an Internship Program staffed with interns from the college community who assist in service delivery. In addition, Bureau staff act as community ambassadors by creating partnerships with local agencies, teams, coalitions and task forces to ensure comprehensive, coordinated service.
The Accounting & Budget Bureau is responsible for the sound and timely accounting of all Accounting & Budget matters of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. The Accounting & Budget Bureau prepares the annual budget for presentation to the Board of County Commissioners and monitors the budget throughout the year. The Bureau also hosts the annual independent audit and prepares the financial statements that are presented to the Auditor General.
More detailed responsibilities of the Accounting & Budget Bureau include:
The Contracts and Grant Unit performs grant research, development, implementation and compliance monitoring of all grants and supports the Sheriff in Federal and State legislative affairs.
Additional support is provided by facilitating, managing, implementing special projects and initiatives, and providing information and assistance to various entities, both internally and externally.