The Clermont Police Department (CPD) soon will be evaluated for state re-accreditation, Police Chief Charles Broadway announced today.
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) plans to arrive April 14 to examine all aspects of the CPD’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Clermont Police has received the accreditation continuously since 2004, and it lasts for three years at a time.
“Verification by the team that the Clermont 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,” Broadway said. “Compliance with these standards ensures that our department is providing exceptional police services to our community.”
The department must comply with over 240 standards in order to received accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
As part of the onsite assessment, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards may be requested through Clermont Police’s Public Information Officer at 352-536-8408.
For more information regarding CFA or for people wishing to offer written comments about the Clermont Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies who will review written materials, interview people; and visit offices and other places they can observe compliance, said CPD Accreditation Program Manager Lt. Shane Strickland.
CFA Assessment Team Leader Marie Reese, of Naples Police Department, will be joined by team members Capt. Keith Clark, of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; and Nicole Abreu, of the West Palm Beach Police Department.
Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full commission, who will decide if the agency will receive accredited statu