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Jupiter Island Public Safety Department Awarded Gold Seal Of Excellence

The Jupiter Island Public Safety Department was recently awarded a Certification of Accreditation—referred to by law-enforcement professionals as the “Gold Seal of Excellence.”

“We’re incredibly proud of our public-safety personnel,” Mayor Whitney Pidot said. “When you understand the literally hundreds of high performance measures they must meet to achieve this honor, you get an even greater appreciation for what our public safety officers do—and more importantly, what they’re prepared to do—to protect Jupiter Island residents.” 

Accreditation status—which lasts three years—requires rigorous review by trained assessors with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The commission examines 264 individual categories to determine compliance—including readiness, response, training, equipment efficacy, evidence, investigations, recruitment, weapons proficiency, use of force and more.

Achieving accreditation puts Jupiter Island’s Public Safety Department, which first attained accreditation three years ago, in the minority among its peers. Roughly 57 percent of Florida’s 387 police agencies are not accredited, making the honor all the more noteworthy for the town’s 22-person force—something Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder pointed out in praising the department’s success.

“The benchmark to achieve accreditation is extremely high,” Sheriff Snyder said. “It’s tough for larger departments, so for a small agency like the Jupiter Island Public Safety Department to earn accreditation, it’s especially noteworthy.”

Other local law enforcement leaders offered congratulations: 

“We congratulate the Jupiter Island Public Safety Department for its accreditation,” Stuart Police Chief David Dyess said. “This is a great achievement for any law enforcement agency and it assures the public that their police department is a well-run organization of dedicated professionals.”

“Congratulations on this tremendous achievement,” Sewall’s Point Police Chief Tina Ciechanowski said. “Undoubtedly this reinforces and recognizes the hard work of all of the members of the Jupiter Island Public Safety Department.”

In addition to a median emergency response time by Jupiter Island police of 2-3 minutes, all sworn officers are triple-certified as police, firefighters and EMTs, and work closely with Martin County Fire Rescue personnel.

“We have firsthand knowledge of their professionalism, readiness and commitment to the safety and protection of town residents, so while we’re impressed by this achievement, we’re not surprised,” Martin County Fire Rescue Chief Bill Schobel said. “The accreditation team simply confirmed what we already know—the Jupiter Island Public Safety Department is a top-notch organization.”