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The Accreditation and Staff Inspections Unit manages the Department’s international and state accreditation efforts, provides policy review services, and conducts department-wide staff inspections.
Accreditation is a voluntary process where a law enforcement agency enters into an agreement with an accrediting body to have their practices and policies reviewed and to demonstrate agency compliance with established professional law enforcement standards and best practices. The intent of the standards is to:
The Department was first accredited in 1985 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) and was the sixth agency in the country to be accredited. The Department has been re-accredited seven times. In 2006 the Department was recognized by CALEA for its professional excellence by having been CALEA accredited for 15 or more continuous years and received an enhanced Certificate of Meritorious Accreditation. In 2012 the Department was awarded Advanced Accreditation and was selected by the Commissioners of CALEA to receive the Accreditation with Excellence Award, documenting the Department’s commitment and efforts to professionalism, excellence and a benchmark for law enforcement agencies internationally. The Award attaches to the Department’s Advanced Accreditation status for a period of three years. Additionally the Department continues its status as a Meritorious agency for its continued demonstration and commitment to law enforcement professionalism. In 2003, the Department was accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) and was awarded its third re-accreditation in 2012.
The accreditation process is ongoing and challenges the Department to continually assess itself to ensure that it is providing best practices and services to its clients. Every three years the Department undergoes an on-site assessment by the accrediting bodies to ensure its compliance with professional standards. The Department is committed to this process and undergoes self-assessment through regular staff inspections.
The Accreditation and Staff Inspections Unit also conducts annual and tri-ennial inspections of all department functions and applicable policies, procedures, administrative and operational activities, and resources in efforts to ensure accountability and maintain integrity. Through staff inspections, the Chief of Police is provided objective information regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of Department components, recommendations for the modification, revision, or creation of policies, procedures, and practices, as well as an evaluation of available resources to meet agency goals.