What is accreditation?

Accreditation is an extensive inspection of an agency’s policies, procedures and facility areas. The standards which must be met and maintained cover a vast area of requirements. Accreditation is a voluntary process; however, in 1993 the Florida Legislature recognized the importance of implementing a program to enhance professionalism in law enforcement agencies. Therefore, Florida Statute 943.125 was drafted, which in part, reads: It is the intent of the Legislature that law enforcement agencies in the state be upgraded and strengthened through the adoption of meaningful standards of operation for those agencies." "It is further the intent of the Legislature to encourage the Florida Sheriff’s Association (FSA) and the Florida Police Chief’s Association (FPCA) to develop, either jointly or separately, a law enforcement agency accreditation program.

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1. What is accreditation?
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