L to R: Lieutenant Robert Ifft, David R. Hobson, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice and Training,
Nancy McArthur, Captain Diane Russo, W. David Munday, North Carolina Highway Patrol (retired),
Commander Burl W. Haenel, Scottsdale Arizona Police Department, and Colonel Chris Knight.
The Florida Highway Patrol was originally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in November 1996. Since then, a team of assessors from CALEA have visited our agency to conduct assessments that verify our continued compliance in order for us to maintain our certification. On August 23, 2007, the CALEA team concluded their assessment for this year, once again giving FHP high marks in a number of areas. Following this year’s examination of our agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, the team of assessors have reconfirmed that the Florida Highway Patrol continues to comply with all applicable standards.
The assessors conduct on-site assessments of participating agencies every three years. Between these, agencies must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which they were accredited.
"Verification by the team that the Florida Highway Patrol meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary accreditation process – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. By voluntarily undergoing this intensive scrutiny and peer review from the Commission, FHP will bring comfort to the citizens of Florida that their state law enforcement agency is among the finest in the nation," said Colonel Chris Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
Captain Diane Russo and Lieutenant Robert Ifft oversee the Florida Highway Patrol’s Accreditation Program, and work directly with the CALEA Assessment Team which is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies who review written materials, interview individuals, and visit select FHP stations throughout the state, as well as other facilities where compliance can be observed. "Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to maintain their accredited status," Captain Russo stated.