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SFSC’s Public Service Academy Receives Another Perfect Audit

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PSA July 2013South Florida State College’s (SFSC) Public Service Academy (PSA) recently received a perfect audit through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s (FDLE) Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC). In fact, the college can now boast more than 15 years of perfect audits.

Each year, the FDLE requires the CJSTC to audit any training facility, program, and fiscal agent’s accounting records and procedures for compliance with laws, rules, budget provisions, and contractual agreements. The CJSTC’s mission is to ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained.

The SFSC PSA received no recommendations during its audit. “No recommendations” from the CJSTC indicates that the PSA is in complete compliance with the commission’s standards and no errors or mistakes were found. Academies that have “no recommendations” are allowed to be audited every other year rather than annually.

The audit encompassed all facets of the PSA’s performance and ability to provide top notch instruction to both academy recruits and experienced police officers who wish to receive advanced training. The audit ensures that SFSC’s PSA is administered consistently with Florida law and administrative rule.

“The consistency in standards at every academy makes it possible for graduates to practice anywhere in Florida,” said Dr. John Landry, director of criminal justice programs.

The CJSTC examines instructors’ teaching credentials, the number of hours of instruction that each recruit or sworn officer receives, and that all academy funds are used in the manner they were intended.

Auditors also examine the facility to determine if the building and training areas are in compliance with FDLE’s high standards. This includes equipment, the firearms range, driving range, and the defensive tactics room.

“Current and prospective academy students can be assured that they are, or will be, attending an academy that is consistent with the law and that the quality of instruction is second to none,” said Dr. Landry, who recently joined SFSC. “It’s a major accomplishment, and I’m extremely proud of the staff. They have been responsible for the perfect audits over the years and are working at the highest level possible every day. I hope I can contribute to the success in the following years. The Public Service Academy is here to provide the best service to students and anyone we come in contact with.”

Dr. Landry travels to Jacksonville, Fla. next week to attend a CJSTC meeting, where he will accept a certificate on behalf of SFSC for the PSA’s perfect audit.

The PSA is a state-of-the-art facility designed to provide the most current training available in the areas of corrections, criminal justice, and law enforcement. Through the PSA, students can earn their basic occupational certificates, complete recertification training, learn advanced and specialized skills, and earn their associate degree in criminal justice technology.

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