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Now’s the time to express them. A state accreditation assessment team wants to hear your thoughts.

TARPON SPRINGS – A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive Dec. 1 to examine all aspects of the Tarpon Springs Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services to decide if the department should receive accreditation, Chief Robert Kochen said Friday.

Deborah Moody, the accreditation program manager for the department, said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  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 receive accredited status.

The accreditation will be for three years. Verification that the Tarpon Springs department meets the standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

The department must meet about 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.

A copy of the standards are available through Major Jeff Young, public information officer for the Tarpon Springs department, by calling (727) 938-2849. For information regarding CFA or for those wishing to offer written comments about the Tarpon Springs department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL  32302, or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

For information about the Tarpon Springs Police Department, go to tspd.us.

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