Accreditation Assessment Scheduled
An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well-known organizations that are required to maintain accreditation.
In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 encouraged the Florida Sheriff’s Association to create an independent voluntary law enforcement agency accreditation program. Representatives from the Florida Sheriff’s Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association developed the program and modeled it after the national accreditation program.
The program had the following objectives:
- Establish and maintain standards that represent current professional law enforcement practices.
- Increase effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services.
- Establish standards that address and reduce liability for the agency and its members.
- Establish standards that make an agency and its personnel accountable to the constituency they serve.
The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) is the entity responsible for facilitating, coordinating and managing state accreditation in Florida. CFA is a part of FDLE.
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive December 4, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Winter Park Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Winter Park Police Department 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. The on-site assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from around the State. 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 Captain Jerry Rothman of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Other team members are Ms. Wendy Dorival from the Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University Police Department and Sgt. Gary Gambino from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
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 Winter Park Police Department from Administrative Division Chief Jeff Biles at 407-599-3380. For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Winter Park Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to email@example.com.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, who will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. Winter Park’s accreditation is for 3 years. Verification by the team that the Winter Park Police Department 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.
The Winter Park Police Department went through initial accreditation in 2000; reassessments were in 2004, 2007 and 2010, 2013, 2015 and now again in December 2018.