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.
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