The Coral Springs Police Department first became accredited in November 1988. The Department has to comply with national and state standards, every three years, in order to maintain its’ accredited status. The Commission for Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA – www.calea.org ) is the monitor for our national accreditation and The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA – www.flaccreditation.org ) monitors the state program.
Every three years, a CALEA assessment team composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies spend four days at the Department. The assessors review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which then decides if the agency is to continue with their accredited status. Shortly after the CALEA team leaves the agency, two members from CFA will be assigned to review all state files. The members come from agencies in Florida and spend a day with the agency reviewing files.
The accreditation function is located within the Office of Professional Standards. The Accreditation Coordinator is responsible for the maintenance of all accreditation files and:
- Ensuring all written directives are in compliance with CALEA, and CFA standards.
- Distributing monthly "Required Reports Tracking Forms" to all Unit and Division Supervisors responsible for the completion of those reports.
- Tracking mandatory reports due from specific Departmental organizational sections and ensuring these reports are completed on a timely basis.
- Ensure all personnel are trained in the accreditation process, in conjunction with the Human Resources Unit.
- Amend and author written directives.
- Circulate concurrence/ non-concurrence memorandum for new and amended written directives.