The Office of Florida Accreditation

Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.
Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.
The Pretrial Professionals Accreditation Program


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. 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, and the Florida Supreme Court. 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 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 33 Florida 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. All standards are compatible with Florida law and are designed to address the unique needs of the Florida Correctional community. For more information on Corrections Accreditation, please go to the website at: www.flaccreditation.org.

The Pretrial Professionals Accreditation Program

The Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission worked closely with the Association of Pretrial Professionals of Florida (APPF) to develop professional standards for Pretrial Agencies in Florida. Pretrial accreditation standards were developed based upon comprehensive research of: Florida Statutes, the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Standards for Pretrial Release, FCAC operating standards, and standards adopted by the National Association of Pretrial Services Agency. At its October 2006 meeting, the FCAC Commission approved expanding its program to include standards and a process specifically to accredit organizations with pretrial responsibilities. For more information on the Pretrial Professionals Accreditation program, please go to the website at: www.flaccreditation.org.