Police assessment for a accreditation open for public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will be conducting an assessment of the Zephyrhills Police Department August 22-24, 2023, to examine all aspects of the agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Zephyrhills Police Department has to comply with numerous standards to receive accredited status. Many standards are critical to life, health, safety, and best practices.

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer written comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards manual is available on the CFA website at https://flaccreditation.org/standards/ under the standards tab.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Zephyrhills Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please send correspondence to: P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, or email to flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us.

The accreditation program manager for the Zephyrhills Police Department is Lieutenant Nathan Gardner. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and observe offices and other areas where compliance can be observed.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. The Zephyrhills Police Department’s accreditation is valid for three years. Verification by the team that the Zephyrhills 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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