FOR RELEASE NOVEMBER 22, 1996:
TALLAHASSEE - After four years of extensive work, the Florida Highway Patrol expects to become only the 13th state police/highway patrol agency in the United States to earn national accreditation status during the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies' (CALEA) Fall Conference in Miami this weekend.
Since July, 1992, the Florida Highway Patrol has conducted an in-depth self-assessment of itself by reviewing all of its policies and procedures and bringing them into compliance with national standards. The official on-site FHP assessment by CALEA was held in September, 1996. During the on-site, certified CALEA assessors reviewed the files of 349 national standards with which the Patrol needed to comply. They also conducted visits to field installations to verify compliance. The Patrol complied with all 349 standards.
"Citizens of Florida can certainly be proud of their Highway Patrol," said FHP Director Colonel Ron Grimming. "Although the process was long and tedious, the benefits of having earned accreditation status will certainly be well worth the effort," added Grimming.
Some benefits of Accreditation include:
FHP anticipates receiving official Accreditation status on Saturday night, November 23, 1996, at the Hyatt Regency Miami hotel, 400 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami. Ceremonies will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m.
Increasing the professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement services by the FHP.
Increasing the capability of FHP to prevent and control crime.
Enhancing the Patrol's effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services.
Improved cooperation between the Patrol and other law enforcement agencies and with other components of the criminal justice system.
Increased citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the Florida Highway Patrol.