Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public to Comment

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2012
Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be visiting the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on April 29 – May 2 to examine all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that FDLE meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.

Individuals who would like to provide comments to the assessment team may do so by calling (855) 237-5206 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 30. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.
Individuals wishing to offer written comments about FDLE’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation or needing more information regarding CALEA are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155 or
FDLE must comply with 479 standards in order to maintain accredited status. Since becoming accredited in 1990, the department has undergone rigorous inspections which ensure compliance with critical national standards for police agencies. This process provides confidence for department management, as well as the citizens of Florida, that the FDLE has achieved and is maintaining the high standards required to retain accredited status.
The CALEA Program Manager for FDLE is Dennis Hyater. The assessment team is comprised of public safety practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Major William Munday (Ret.), Team Leader, North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Cynthia Ledford, Georgia Bureau of Investigations. 
Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write to the commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155 or via e-mail at
For Further Information Contact:
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001