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Posted on: March 9, 2021

SAPD nearing accreditation completion

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Assessment team seeks public input

A team of assessors for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will be conducting a virtual assessment starting Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to examine all aspects of the St. Augustine Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. St. Augustine Police Department must comply with approximately 245 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health, and safety issues.

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments  to the assessment team. A copy of the standards manual is available through the St. Augustine Police Department's Public Information Officer located at 151 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida, by phone at 904-209-3465 or via e-mail at dbrown@staugpd.com

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the  St. Augustine Police Department's ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, or send an e-mail to flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us

The Accreditation Program Manager for the St. Augustine Police Department is Jennifer Smalls.   The accreditation manager said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the Commission's assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then determine if the agency is to receive accredited status. The St. Augustine Police Department's accreditation is valid for 3 years.  Verification by the team that the St. Augustine Police Department meets the Commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

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