On Sunday, August 22, 2004, the Florida Highway Patrol welcomed members of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) as they began their review of the Patrol's policies and procedures, management operations, and support services. Team Leader Judith Moffat, Manager for the Peel Police Department in Canada; Lieutenant Max Westbrook, Austin Police Department in Austin, Texas; and Master Sergeant Al Manint, Illinois State Police, were greeted by Colonel Chris Knight and the FHP Executive Staff, along with Captain Richard Mechlin and Lieutenant Larry Peterson, FHP Accreditation and Policy Section.
(Left to Right) Master Sergeant Al Manint,
Lt. Larry Peterson, Col. Chris Knight, Cpt. Richard Mechlin,
Team Leader Judith Moffat, and Lt. Max Westbrook
Long before the CALEA members arrived, Captain Mechlin and Lieutenant Peterson were hard at work to prepare for this accreditation review. The Florida Highway Patrol, originally accredited in 1996, will undergo this review every three years to determine its compliance with over 350 essential standards set by CALEA.
This on-site accreditation review enables FHP to show its strengths, reaffirms its continued compliance with the applicable standards, and reconfirms that the Florida Highway Patrol is one of the most qualified law enforcement agencies in the nation. Once the CALEA members complete their assessment, they will report back to the entire Commission, which will then determine FHP's accreditation status.