An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well known organizations that are required to maintain accreditation. Law enforcement agencies in Florida can attain accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed that the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program.
Representatives from these Associations developed a process for accreditation which required compliance with more than 250 professional standards designed specifically for Florida law enforcement agencies. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. was formed, comprised of four sheriffs, four chiefs, and one representative each from the Association of Counties, the League of Cities, the State Law Enforcement Chiefs' Association, and the Judiciary. The Commission meets quarterly to oversee the accreditation program and to officially accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process.
The Gulfport Police Department achieved accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation on February 9, 2000. The commission requires a thorough assessment every three years, and Gulfport was reaccredited in 2003, 2006, 2009, and 2012.
Lt. Joshua Stone oversees the professional standards section, which includes management of the accreditation process.
Gulfport Police Department
A Full- Service, Accredited Law Enforcement Agency