10/20/2016 PPD to Undergo Review to Maintain Accreditation Status

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) are scheduled to be at the Pensacola Police Department December 6, 7 and 8 to examine all aspects of the department’s general orders, management, operations, and support services.

The department has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to maintain accredited status, which it first acquired in November 2013. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

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 Lt. Bruce Martin at 435 – 1948 or via email at Bmartin@cityofpensacola.com.

Martin is the Accreditation Program Manager for the Pensacola Police Department. He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the department will maintain accredited status. Accreditation lasts for three years.

Verification by the team that the 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.

For more information regarding CFA or for people wishing to offer written comments about the Pensacola Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302 or email info@flaccreditation.org.