FDLE Receives Reaccreditation by State Commission

For Immediate Release

February 22, 2013
Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey formally accepted the department’s reaccreditation award from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) at a commission meeting Thursday in Howey-in-the Hills, Fla.  This marks FDLE’s fifth consecutive state reaccreditation and compliance with professional standards relating to the agency’s policies, procedures, management operations and support services.

FDLE was also awarded the Excelsior Agency distinction, which recognizes agencies that have earned at least five unconditional reaccreditation awards.  
“I’m proud of FDLE and the way service, integrity, respect and quality are embedded in our work culture,” said Commissioner Bailey. “This reaccreditation reflects our commitment to delivering professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Florida.”
Undergoing the voluntary state accreditation process provides FDLE with an independent quality assurance review and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient and effective daily operations. FDLE was the first state law enforcement agency to be accredited by CFA in 1996.  The accreditation/reaccreditation process includes rigorous inspections, on-site assessments, employee interviews and extensive reviews of policies, procedures and records.
In November, FDLE received its sixth reaccreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In order to receive this national reaccreditation, FDLE demonstrated compliance with 480 standards. Since becoming accredited by CALEA in 1990, FDLE has received seven consecutive national accreditation awards, placing the agency in an elite category as a recipient of another Meritorious Recognition. Meritorious Recognition is awarded to agencies that have maintained accreditation for 15 or more continuous years.
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Keith Kameg or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001

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