(Cocoa, FL)—A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will spend the next three days examining all aspects of the Cocoa Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Cocoa Police Department must comply with approximately 250 standards in order to renew its current accredited status. If granted it will be the agency’s fourth accreditation renewal. The Department was first accredited in 2006 with its first re-accreditation granted in 2009 and every subsequent three year period to the current date.
The assessment team is comprised 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 Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive re-accreditation status. The re-accreditation is for 3 years. “This process is vital to making sure we uphold the highest professional standards in law enforcement,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe. “This process involves an independent review of our policies and procedures and makes sure we as an agency are in compliance with those standards. The review and feedback makes us a better agency and helps equip us to deliver the most professional law enforcement service to our citizens.”