Press release from Alachua Police Department
ALACHUA, Fla. – The Alachua Police Department is now an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. On Wednesday, December 7, members of the Alachua Police Department Command Staff attended a business meeting in St. Augustine, held by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The business meeting is held three times a year to review and make decisions on law enforcement agencies who have applied and meet the standards required to achieve accredited status.
Accreditation through CFA requires that law enforcement agencies meet certain standards put forth by the Commission. These standards are much higher than what is generally required of law enforcement agencies in the state. Becoming an accredited agency is a long and arduous process that requires agencies to review all of their policies and operating procedures regularly to ensure that they are in line with the highest standards in policing.
An in-depth on-site agency assessment by CFA-approved assessors was completed in July of this year. A full report was presented with a unanimous recommendation for full accreditation without conditions.
At the full panel review on Wednesday, the Commission reviewed the report presented to them by the team of assessors. Chief Jesse Sandusky was given the opportunity to address the Commission and speak about the agency, highlighting different programs and other aspects of the department. The Commission then voted unanimously to award the Alachua Police Department with its first-ever Accreditation.
Chief Sandusky said, “We chose to seek accreditation through CFA because we want to provide the BEST service to the residents and visitors of this great city. Achieving this status is a recognition of professional excellence and a very important milestone in our agency’s history. I am proud to work alongside the men and women of the Alachua Police Department, and we will continue to hold ourselves to the highest standard in policing.”