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Following a rigorous assessment process which was put on hold for months, the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) has now been re-accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) for the next three years.
DBPD’s re-accreditation until the year 2023 came with no conditions after the process was formally completed on July 29, 2020.
DBPD Chief Craig Capri says it’s an impressive accomplishment, especially when the coronavirus forced the assessors to work remotely instead of visiting the police department as normal.
“CFA found no issues or problems with our agency,” Capri added. “The assessors stated that everything was error free and in full compliance. Also, they praised the employees who they interviewed, stating that they all were very knowledgeable and professional.”
The re-accreditation process was supposed to wrap up in mid-April but was pushed back to late July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to be re-accredited, DBPD had to comply with approximately 260 standards, many of which are critical to life, health and safety issues.
The voluntary re-accreditation process is confirmation that DBPD’s policies and practices are consistent with progressive professional standards.
This year’s assessment team was led by Assistant Chief Matthew Fletcher from the Naples (Florida) Police Department and featured members of other law enforcement agencies within the Sunshine State. They examined all aspects of DBPD’s policies, procedures, administration, operations and support services.
During the assessment process, the assessors:
DBPD was initially accredited by CFA in 1999 and has received re-accreditation every third year since.
“I want to thank our entire police family for making this process a huge success,” Capri stated. “Getting re-accredited with no conditions is not an easy task. I’m very proud and confident we’ll do just as well again in the next cycle.”