Accreditation Management Unit
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.
In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed that the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program.
Representatives from these Associations developed a process for accreditation which required compliance with more than 250 professional standards designed specifically for Florida law enforcement agencies. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. was formed, comprised of four sheriffs, four chiefs, and one representative each from the Association of Counties, the League of Cities, the State Law Enforcement Chiefs' Association, and the Judiciary. The Commission meets quarterly to oversee the accreditation program and to officially accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process.
The Accreditation Management Unit is responsible for ensuring that areas of the department remain in compliance with specific standards as set forth by the State of Florida. The community and the department benefit from this process because it reinforces an agency's ability to maintain the highest standards of law enforcement services that represent current professional practices. Take a few moments to review the benefits to the community, the Chief of Police, and the officers.
The department officially obtained accreditation status on October 31, 2007.
Re-Accreditation received on October 14, 2010.
Re-Accreditation received on September 25, 2013.
Manager Sergeant Christian Van Zandt
Phone: (321) 952-3493
For more information on accreditation including the standards, visit Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.