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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Accreditation Process for Panama City Police Department Postponed

Update: In an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation has determined at this time it is not in their best interest to conduct the Panama City Police Department’s assessment in April. Therefore, the assessment will be rescheduled for the July/August timeframe. A new press release will be published upon receipt of new dates.

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A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on March 31, 2020 to examine all aspects of the Panama City Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Panama City Police Department has maintained accreditation since 2002 and voluntarily complies with approximately 240 standards in order to continue to receive accredited status.

The Assessment Team, composed of law enforcement practitioners from various parts of the state, will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas to observe compliance. The Team consists of three assessors chosen by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Staff. Once the assessors complete their review of the Police Department, they report their findings to the Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive or maintain full accreditation status.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Panama City Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302 or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

A copy of the standards for review may be obtained by contacting the Panama City Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, Casey Osborne, at (850) 872-7215.

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