FDLE receives reaccreditation by state commission


For Immediate Release

February 29, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Richard Swearingen accepted the department’s reaccreditation award from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) at the February commission meeting held in St. Augustine, Florida last week.  In addition to reaccreditation, FDLE also received its 2nd Excelsior Recognition.
“This reaccreditation reflects the commitment of FDLE members to deliver premier law enforcement services every day,” said FDLE Commissioner Swearingen.  “I’m proud of our FDLE members and their dedication to excellence.”
This marks FDLE’s sixth consecutive state reaccreditation and compliance with professional standards relating to agency policies, procedures, management operations and support services.  CFA offers the Excelsior Recognition to agencies that maintain their accreditation for 15 or more continuous years and are awarded five successful reaccreditation cycles by CFA without conditions. The Excelsior Recognition program demonstrates a level of commitment to the Florida Accreditation process unparalleled in the criminal justice profession. 
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.  Since becoming state accredited in 1996, FDLE has undergone rigorous inspections which include on-site assessments, employee interviews, and extensive reviews of policies, procedures and records.
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Molly Best, Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001