A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) will be at the Pensacola Police Department December 14 to 16 to examine all aspects of the department’s general orders, management, operations, and support services, Chief Eric Randall announced today.
The Pensacola Police Department has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive maintain accredited status. 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 the Pensacola Police Department’s Public Information Officer at 850-393-1633.
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Pensacola Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Pensacola Police Department is Lt. Matthew Coverdale. 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.
The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Kimberly Wachter with the Florida Division of Investigative and Forensic Services. The other two team members are Keith Riddick with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Shawn Strickland with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive re-accreditation status. The Pensacola Police Department’s accreditation is for three years.
“Verification by the team that the Pensacola Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process for us to maintain accreditation,” Chief Randall said. “Being accredited is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence as we continued to model our core values of courtesy, integrity and professionalism.”