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ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ABOUT THE OCALA POLICE DEPARTMENT
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive December 7, 2010 to examine and evaluate all aspects of the Ocala Police Department for compliance.
Ocala, FL: A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive December 7, 2010 to examine all aspects of the Ocala Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Chief Samuel Williams announced today that the Ocala Police Department has to comply with approximately 250 standards in order to receive accredited status.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. Comments must be in writing and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CFA standards. A copy of the standards is available through the Ocala Police Department’s Public Information Officer in Ocala at 352-369-7131.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Ocala Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:
CFA, 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando, Florida, 32817, or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

The Accreditation Manager for the Ocala Police Department is Captain Lester Revels. He 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 Lieutenant Justin Woodall of the Department of Agriculture Law Enforcement. Other team members are Lieutenant Dave Rhinehart of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and Sergeant Jon Askins of the Winter Park Police Department.

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 Ocala Police Department’s accreditation is for 3 years. Chief Samuel Williams said verification by the team that the Ocala 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.

Sgt. Angy Scroble, PIO
Ocala Police Department
352-369-7131 (office)
352-427-3139 (cell)
352-369-7216 (fax)
ascroble@ocalapd.org


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