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Posted on: May 31, 2017

[ARCHIVED] APOPKA POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKING ACCREDITATION

APOPKA, Fla. – A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will visit the city July 11-13, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Apopka Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Apopka Police Department, as part of the accreditation process, has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status. Department members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team regarding the police agency. Questions regarding the process or a copy of the standards may be obtained through the Apopka Police Department Public Information Officer.


For more information regarding CFA, or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Apopka Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

CFA

P.O. Box 1489

Tallahassee, Florida  32302

Or e-mail: info@flaccreditation.org.


The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. As part of the three-day, on-site review of many aspects of the agency, 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 Sergeant Frank Ruggiero from the Tarpon Springs Police Department. Sergeant Ruggiero will be assisted by Officer Briggid Larson from West Palm Beach Police Department and Lieutenant Loren Lowers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission at a meeting in South Florida on Nov. 1, 2017. The full Commission will decide if Apopka is to receive accredited status. If the Apopka Police Department is successful, the accreditation is valid for three years, and the agency will be required to maintain compliance with all applicable standards. 


“This has been a goal for the Apopka Police Department for a number of years, and staff has worked tirelessly to update policies and procedures and meet each required standard.” Police Chief Michael McKinley said, “This recognition will put the Apopka Police Department in an elite group of professional law enforcement agencies that meet or exceed law enforcement industry standards.”

 

The City of Apopka is a growing area ideally located 13 miles northwest of Orlando with major roadway access to many parts of Central Florida. The hometown community has nearly 50,000 residents across 33 square miles and includes a diverse mix of business development.

 

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