ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ABOUT WAUCHULA POLICE DEPARTMENT
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive December 10th, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Wauchula Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief John M. Eason announced today. The Wauchula Police Department has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through Wauchula Police Department’s Public Information Officer in Wauchula at (863)773-3265.
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Wauchula Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Wauchula Police Department is Lt. Matthew Whatley. Lt Whatley 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 places where compliance can be witnessed. The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Commander Shelli Walters of the Altamonte Springs Police Department. Other team members are Lieutenant Marie Clark of the Florida State University Police Department and Detective Shannon Black of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. The Wauchula Police Department’s accreditation is for 3 years. Verification by the team that the Wauchula 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, Chief Eason said.