The Surfside Police Department is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency through The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The Surfside Police Department successfully achieved initial CFA Accreditation in 2009 and re-accreditation in 2012, 2016, and 2019. The Surfside Police Department is proud to be an accredited law enforcement agency through CFA and demonstrating to the community that the agency is committed to the highest standards of professional law enforcement service. A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on December 7, 2021 to examine all aspects of the Surfside Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services; the Surfside Police Department has to comply with more than 250 standards in order to receive reaccredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health, and safety issues.
As part of the on-site assessment, Surfside Police Department members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the CFA’s website: http://www.flaccreditation.org/standards.htm
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Surfside Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please send correspondence to: CFA, Post Office Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The assessment team comprises law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be observed.
Once the CFA assessors complete their review of the Surfside Police Department, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive reaccredited status. The Surfside Police Department’s reaccreditation occurs every three (3) years. Verification by the team that the Surfside Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation, which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
Posted November 4, 2021
The Surfside Police Department is proud to be State Accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. The Department was awarded initial State Accreditation through CFA on October 28, 2009. We were honored to receive esteemed Re-Accreditation Status for the third consecutive cycle on February 20, 2019. The Surfside Police Department received the Rocky Pomerance Excellence in Policing Award from the Florida Police Chiefs Association in 2009.
The accreditation process can best be described as"...the bestowing of credentials symbolizing approval from a professional organization upon practitioners or specific institutions. It is a progressive and time proven way of helping organizations evaluate and improve their overall performance." Surfside PD CFA Recertification Acknowledgment.jpg
In 1993, the Florida Legislature passed a Statute encouraging the Florida Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Associations to create an independent voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. This was done in response to a need to ensure the public that quality services are delivered in accordance with recognized and accepted standards.
The Commission For Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) which is modeled after the national program (CALEA) requires compliance with more than 250 professional standards designed specifically for Florida law enforcement agencies.
The CFA, established February 9, 1995, has eleven members appointed to the commission. These members are sheriffs, police chiefs, members from city and county governments and court judges. Currently, there are over 50 law enforcement agencies in the State, which are accredited, and over 100 which are in the process of becoming accredited.
There are many reasons an agency should become accredited and the following represent a few:
Accreditation increases the law enforcement agency's ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves.
Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased.
Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public.
Accreditation creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.
Increases cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other branches of the criminal justice system.
The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency's organization, management, operations, and administration to include:
The accreditation standards provide norms against which agency performance can be measured and monitored over time.
Accreditation provides the agency with a continuous flow of Commission distributed information about exemplary policies, procedures, and projects.
Accreditation provides objective measures to justify decisions related to budget requests and personnel policies.
Accreditation serves as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of the agency's programs and services. The services provided are defined, and uniformity of service is assured.
Accreditation streamlines operations, providing more consistency and more effective deployment of agency manpower.
Accreditation requires that agency policies and procedures are in written form and are available to all agency personnel at all times.
Accreditation assures employees that every aspect of the agency's personnel system is in accord with professional standards, and that the system is both fair and equitable.
The agency is compelled to operate within specific guidelines. It is accountable to the Commission. The agency must stay in compliance with the standards set forth by the Commission in order to retain its accreditation.
The morale of the agency is enhanced by increasing the employees’ confidence in the effectiveness and efficiency of their own agency. Operations become more streamlined and consistent.
Accreditation policies address officer safety issues and provide for adequate training and equipment of the officers.
Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. Employees will take pride in their agency, knowing that it represents the very best in law enforcement.