The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation audits police departments for standards including use of force, relationship with other agencies and administrative organization.
The Ormond Beach Police Department has been officially reaccredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, announced the city in a press release on Thursday, Oct. 15.
This makes OBPD one of "only 30-40% of accredited police departments out of more than 385 law enforcement agencies in Florida," the press release states. The accreditation renewal process happens every three years. OBPD was first accredited in 2002. It lost its accreditation in 2012 due to issues with its evidence room, but was reaccredited in 2014 and has passed review each time since.
“Our department continues to grow professionally and to do our jobs at a consistently high level,” said Police Chief Jesse Godfrey in the press release. “We are committed to the accreditation process and the transparency and accountability that it brings under the philosophy of the 21st-century policing model.”
The CFLEA audits standards including role, responsibilities and relationship with other agencies; organization, management and administration; use of force reporting; and traffic law enforcement, to name a few.
"Accreditation benefits include everything from an increase in public confidence, higher crime prevention, and an assurance that recruitment, selection, and promotion processes are fair and equitable, to a raised morale and pride from the state and local recognition of professional competence," the press release states.