Florida Accreditation Office

Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.
Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is proud to offer its support to the Commissions and program that comprises Florida Accreditation. Below is a brief outline of each program and a link to the website.

Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA)

In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed the Florida Sheriffs’ Association and the Florida Police Chiefs’ Association to create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. Through a grass roots effort by the Chiefs and Sheriffs, law enforcement standards were developed and accepted by the Florida law enforcement community and the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. was formed. CFA is recognized as the premier state law enforcement accreditation program in the United States. In 2007, The CFA expanded the program to include standards and a process specifically to accredit inspectors general offices. The CFA is comprised of four Chiefs, four Sheriffs and one representative from the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association, the Association of Counties, The League of Cities, Florida Supreme Court, and the Chief Inspector General Office. The Commission meets three times a year to oversee the accreditation program and to officially accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process. For more information on Law Enforcement or Inspectors General Accreditation, please go to the website at: www.flaccreditation.org.

Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc. (FCAC)

Since its inception in 1998, FCAC has established itself as Florida’s jail accreditation program with more than half of the county jails having achieved and maintained accredited status by the Commission. Accreditation standards are based primarily on the Florida Model Jail Standards (FMJS) and Florida Statutes. In order to make this the most comprehensive and beneficial program available, additional standards were adopted to address personnel, fiscal, and other areas not covered by FMJS. In 2006, The FCAC expanded the program to include standards and a process specifically to accredit organizations with pretrial responsibilities. All standards are compatible with Florida law and are designed to address the unique needs of the Florida Correctional community. The FCAC is comprised of four Sheriffs, 6 jail administrators, and 2 pretrial professionals. For more information on Corrections or Pretrial Accreditation, please go to the website at: www.flaccreditation.org.