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Lt. Howard Coombs
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3/31/09  Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments About Gulfport Police Department

Gulfport, FL:  Interim Chief Robert Vincent announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on Monday, April 6th, to examine all aspects of the Gulfport Police Department's policies and procedures, management, and operations. The Gulfport Police Department has to comply with approximately 250 standards in order to maintain its accreditation, a status held since 2000.

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 police department's policy compliance office at 893-1111.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Gulfport Police Department's ability to meet accreditation standards, please e-mail info@flaccreditation.org or write:

CFA
3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380
Orlando, FL  32817

The accreditation manager for the Gulfport Police Department is Sergeant Mary Farrand.  She 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 Assistant Chief Joe Hall from the Panama City Police Department.  Other team members are Dr. Bruce Clark from the Mount Dora Police Department, and Eric Watters from the Miramar Police Department.

Once the Commission's assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the commission, which will then decided if the agency is to be reaccredited.  Each accreditation period is three years, so this process will take place again in 2012.  Verification by the team that the Gulfport Police Department meets the commission's standards is a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement excellence, Interim Chief Vincent said.