Law enforcement accreditation is set to the same standards as accreditation programs required for schools, hospitals, and other professional entities. The law enforcement accreditation program is recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.
The Office of Professional Standards at the University of Florida Police Department is responsible for maintaining compliance with all state and national accreditation standards as established by the respective accreditation commissions. The standards by which the agency is measured specify what should be addressed in the agency policies and procedures. The standards evaluate all facets of an agency including administration, patrol, investigations, personnel, internal affairs, prisoner security, traffic, use of force, and more.
Accreditation is awarded by an independent reviewing committee who conducts an on-site evaluation of the agency. Attaining accredited status demonstrates to the community that an agency is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional law enforcement service. The accreditation of an agency is awarded for a three year period upon which the agency must apply for reaccreditation.
In March of 1996, the University of Florida Police Department was awarded accredited status with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). At the time, the department was only one of fourteen university law enforcement agencies in the country to achieve national law enforcement accredited status. Currently, the University of Florida Police Department is the fourth largest accredited university law enforcement agency. The department was most recently awarded reaccredited status in March of 2011.
In May of 1997, the University of Florida Police Department was awarded accredited status with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The department was the first nationally accredited university law enforcement agency in the state of Florida. The department was most recently awarded reaccredited status in June of 2012.
In November of 2007, the University of Florida Police Department was awarded accredited status with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The department was the first university law enforcement agency in the country to earn Triple Crown status. The department was most recently awarded reaccredited status in March of 2011.
One function of this Office is to provide fact-finding assistance to the Chief of Police and her staff by providing a systematic, objective and impartial method of investigating concerns regarding employee misconduct. For those who wish to make a complaint, please use the following survey and submit it to the University of Florida Police Department as indicated on the form here: Online Survey for Compliments or Complaints
The Lieutenant or designated internal affairs officer assigned the Internal Affairs function is responsible for conducting investigations arising from allegations of employee misconduct or lack of performance, criminal investigations, use of deadly force incidents, and any matter as directed by the Chief of Police.
All complaints received against the University of Florida Police Department or any employee will be documented, investigated and resolved by established procedures.
When the investigation or inquiry is completed, the employee in charge of the investigation shall classify his/her findings as follows:
- Proper Conduct (Exonerated): Allegation unsubstantiated. The act or incident did occur, but the actions were justified, lawful and/or proper.
- Improper Conduct (Sustained): Allegation substantiated. The act or incident did occur, and was inconsistent with policy or law.
- Insufficient Evidence (Not Sustained): Insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the complaint or incident.
- Unfounded Complaint: Allegation demonstrably false or lacks credible evidence.
- Not Involved: Alleged subject of the complaint was not involved.
- Policy Failure: The act or incident did occur, but no policy exists that addresses conduct of this nature.
The complainant and the affected member(s) shall be notified separately by letter from the Chief that the inquiry or investigation has been completed and informed regarding the results of the investigation.
If you wish to contact the Office of Professional Standards, please feel free call (352) 392-9583 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (except on university or national holidays) or write to the following address:
Office of Professional Standards
ATTN: Lt. Scott Summers
Building 1132, Museum Road
P.O. Box 112150
Gainesville, FL 32611-2150