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Accreditation team invites public comment about the Alachua Police Department

Press release from Alachua Police Department

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on Tuesday, July 19, to examine all aspects of the Alachua Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Alachua Police Department has to comply with numerous standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health, safety issues, and best practices.

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards manual is available on the CFA website at www.flaccreditation.org under the standards tab.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Alachua Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please send correspondence to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, or email to flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us.

The accreditation program manager for the Alachua Police Department is Detective Fernando Zaragoza. The formal assessment team will be composed of assessors from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be observed.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full Commission, which then determines if the agency is to receive accredited or reaccredited status. If awarded, the Alachua Police Department’s accreditation is valid for three years.

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“Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of professional excellence. While seeking accreditation is a voluntary process, I believe that it’s important to be held to the very highest standard in law enforcement.” – Chief Jesse Sandusky

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