On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc., awarded the Ocoee Police Department its first Certificate of Accreditation. The Department joins an esteemed group of professional law enforcement agencies as an accredited agency delivering the highest level of professional law enforcement services.
Accreditation 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. Since 1993, law enforcement agencies in Florida have attained accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc.
The Certificate of Accreditation was earned by the Ocoee Police Department upon completion of a thorough assessment by a team of assessors, law enforcement officials specifically trained by the Commission to conduct assessments. The team of assessors, Ms. Madias, Captain Cabrera, and Dr. Clark, examined all aspects of the Ocoee Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Ocoee Police Department had to demonstrate compliance with approximately 250 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. Among other favorable comments the assessment team wrote:
• “The Ocoee Police Department exhibits their commitment to the accreditation process.”
• “The Agency illustrates their commitment to going above and beyond expected law enforcement duties for their community and its residents”
• “They strive daily to be an extension of the community and provide an excellent service to the City of Ocoee.”
The assessors made a unanimous recommendation that the Department receive its initial accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
Pictured L to R:
Sheriff Darryl Daniels, chairman of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Deputy Chief Saima Plascencia, Officer Trista Blake, Chief Charlie Brown, City Manager Rob Frank, Sergeant Bryan Pace, Ocoee PD accreditation Specialist Kimberly Renk