The Surfside Police Department is proud to be State Accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. The Department was awarded initial State Accreditation through CFA on October 28, 2009, Re-Accreditation Status on September 27, 2012, and its second Re-Accreditation Status on February 24, 2016. The Surfside Police Department received the Rocky Pomerance Excellence in Policing Award from the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2009.
The accreditation process can best be described as"...the bestowing of credentials symbolizing approval from a professional organization upon practitioners or specific institutions. It is a progressive and time proven way of helping organizations evaluate and improve their overall performance." Surfside PD CFA Recertification Acknowledgment.jpg
In 1993, the Florida Legislature passed a Statute encouraging the Florida Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Associations to create an independent voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. This was done in response to a need to ensure the public that quality services are delivered in accordance with recognized and accepted standards.
The Commission For Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) which is modeled after the national program (CALEA) requires compliance with more than 250 professional standards designed specifically for Florida law enforcement agencies.
The CFA, established February 9, 1995, has eleven members appointed to the commission. These members are sheriffs, police chiefs, members from city and county governments and court judges. Currently, there are over 50 law enforcement agencies in the State, which are accredited, and over 100 which are in the process of becoming accredited.
The Commission goals are:
- Establish and maintain standards that represent current professional law enforcement practices.
- Increase effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services.
- Establish standards that address and reduce liability for the agency and its members.
- Establish standards that make an agency and its personnel accountable to the people they serve.
- Establish standards that do not conflict with CALEA.
There are many reasons an agency should become accredited and the following represent a few:
- A proven management system which supports decision making and resource allocation.
- A thorough review of an agency's status and readiness.
- Reinforces the agency's ability to maintain the highest standards of law enforcement services that represent current professional practices.
- Maintain a level of services that reflect the community policing philosophy.
- Ensures policies and procedures are documented in writing, with clearly defined lines of authority.
- Strengthens the agency's defense against lawsuits and complaints.
- Assurance that agency personnel are trained and functioning according to established polices and procedures.
- Makes it easier for agencies to purchase police liability insurance, increase coverage, with lower premiums.
- Increase community advocacy and pride and employee morale through statewide recognition of the agency's professionalism, excellence, and competence.
- Assures government leaders of the quality of services delivered by their law enforcement agency.
- A quality work environment for well trained professionals that aid in recruiting and retaining qualified personnel.
Benefits To The Community:
Accreditation increases the law enforcement agency's ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves.
Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased.
Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public.
Accreditation creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.
To The Chief:
Increases cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other branches of the criminal justice system.
The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency's organization, management, operations, and administration to include:
- establishment of agency goals and objectives with provisions for periodic updating;
- re-evaluation of whether agency resources are being used in accord with agency goals, objectives, and mission;
- re-evaluation of agency policies and procedures, especially as documented in the agency's written directive system;
- correction of internal deficiencies and inefficiencies before they become public problems;
- the opportunity to re-organize without the appearance of personal attacks.
The accreditation standards provide norms against which agency performance can be measured and monitored over time.
Accreditation provides the agency with a continuous flow of Commission distributed information about exemplary policies, procedures, and projects.
Accreditation provides objective measures to justify decisions related to budget requests and personnel policies.
Accreditation serves as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of the agency's programs and services. The services provided are defined, and uniformity of service is assured.
Accreditation streamlines operations, providing more consistency and more effective deployment of agency manpower.
To The Officers:
Accreditation requires that agency policies and procedures are in written form and are available to all agency personnel at all times.
Accreditation assures employees that every aspect of the agency's personnel system is in accord with professional standards, and that the system is both fair and equitable.
The agency is compelled to operate within specific guidelines. It is accountable to the Commission. The agency must stay in compliance with the standards set forth by the Commission in order to retain its accreditation.
The morale of the agency is enhanced by increasing the employees’ confidence in the effectiveness and efficiency of their own agency. Operations become more streamlined and consistent.
Accreditation policies address officer safety issues and provide for adequate training and equipment of the officers. >
Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. Employees will take pride in their agency, knowing that it represents the very best in law enforcement.