Governor Crist and Commissioner Bailey Announce New Accreditation Program for Inspectors General of State Agencies

Governor Charlie Crist and Commissioner Gerald Bailey of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement today announced that the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA), the body that accredits Florida law enforcement agencies, voted favorably Oct. 31, 2007 to initiate an accreditation program for the inspectors general investigative function of state agencies. The accreditation program is the first of its kind in the nation for state agency inspectors general and in the months ahead CFA will work to develop standards and formalize the protocols for conducting assessments.

“Implementing this program will raise the bar for excellence in inspector general investigations and take their work to higher levels of professionalism,” said Governor Crist. “I am proud that Florida is leading the way in ensuring the transparency and accountability of state government.”

The accreditation program will work to ensure the professionalism of Inspectors General throughout the state, enhancing the quality of investigations conducted by Florida agencies’ Offices of Inspectors General. A program of this scope and magnitude is also congruent with the Governor’s initiatives on ethical and efficient government. There are currently 31 state agency inspector generals.

“Accreditation status is a coveted credential that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence,” said FDLE Commissioner Bailey. “This new program is ahead of its time and will only serve to enhance communication between state agency investigators and law enforcement.”

The CFA, which will act as the accrediting body, is based in Orlando and started as a grassroots effort of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and Florida Sheriffs Association. In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 encouraged the development of an independent and voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. was established by charter Dec. 13, 1994. Currently, there are more than 130 law enforcement agencies accredited by this organization in Florida.

For more information, contact:

Heather Smith or Kristen Perezluha
FDLE Public Information Office
(850) 410-7001