Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment on TPD
November 13, 2013
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive December 5, 2013 to examine specific aspects of the Tallahassee Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Interim Chief of Police Tom Coe announced today. Since the Tallahassee Police Department is already nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), it only has to comply with 87 additional Florida-based standards in order to receive state accredited status. A copy of the standards is available through the Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant (ret.) Edward Smith at 850.891.4200.
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Tallahassee Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Tallahassee Police Department is William (Billy) Walls. 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 Captain Tom Lewis of the Punta Gorda Police Department. Other team members are Assistant Chief Michelle Cook of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Master Officer Tim Murphy of the Altamonte Springs 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 TPD’s accreditation is for three (3) years. Verification by the team that the Tallahassee 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,” Interim Chief of Police Coe said.
David Northway, TPD Public Information Office, (850) 891-4255