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2016

Florida Highway Patrol Seeks Re-Accreditation

~Accreditation team invites public comments~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive August 15, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Florida Highway Patrol’s (FHP) policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that FHP meets the CALEA’s® state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.

“The Florida Highway Patrol has to comply with 484 standards in order to gain accredited status,” said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “CALEA® accreditation means that the Florida Highway Patrol is committed to applying the best practices of law enforcement services to the citizens and visitors of this great state.”

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on August 17, 2016 at 11:15am. The session will be conducted in the Florida Public Safety Institute’s Conference Room located at 75 College Drive, Havana, FL 32333.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 800-335-5652 on August 17, 2016 between the hours of 8:30am and 10:30am EST.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA® Standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles headquarters in Tallahassee. Local contact is Captain Hugh Cutchen (850) 617-2342.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the FHP’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Accreditation lasts three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter @FLHSMV or find us on Facebook. For safe driving tips and techniques, download the official Florida Driver License Handbook.