The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) was established by charter on December 13, 1994 and incorporated on February 9, 1995. It is an independent, tax-exempt, not-for-profit corporation designated as the accrediting body for Florida law enforcement agencies and Inspectors General Offices. The Commission’s purpose is to establish a program for accreditation that can be achieved by all Florida law enforcement agencies and IG Offices.
Striving For Excellence - Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation
In May 1996, The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. selected the Fort Lauderdale Police Department as one of ten pilot agencies in the State of Florida to undergo the accreditation process. Set to the same professional tone as accreditation programs required for schools, universities, and hospitals, the law enforcement accreditation program is 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.
To be accredited the agency must meet hundreds of standards established by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. These standards address all facets of the agency including administration, internal affairs operations, investigations, patrol, personnel, training, traffic, response to resistance and more.
In April 1998, three independent law enforcement professionals from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation came to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. For three days the assessors interviewed personnel, scrutinized the physical plant and equipment, inspected records and reviewed our policies, procedures and more. After an intense examination, the team of assessors concluded that the agency had complied with the prescribed standards and revealed they would recommend to the Commission that we be awarded accreditation status. On May 27, 1998, in a ceremony at a regular Commission meeting, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation awarded the Fort Lauderdale Police Department our hard-earned Certificate of Accreditation. The Certificate of Accreditation is awarded for a three year period.
On June 27, 2013, Chief Franklin C. Adderley and members of the Staff Inspections Unit appeared before the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation where the Department earned the prestigious status of re-accreditation with Excelsior Recognition. In order to earn Excelsior Recognition, the agency must have attained five reaccreditations without conditions. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department had been consecutively reaccredited by the CFA in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 without conditions.
The Department has proudly attained and maintains accredited status demonstrating to the community that the agency is committed to the highest standards of professional law enforcement service.