After a lengthy examination and review process; the proud men and women of the University of North Florida Police Department successfully achieved full compliance with the accreditation standards as set forth by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The department was subsequently awarded its CFA Reaccreditation designation on October 8, 2008.
Accreditation increases the University Police Department’s (UPD) ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the UNF community. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the UPD and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the UPD is increased. Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the UPD to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public. Accreditation creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. The UPD will, in turn, receive clear direction from the UNF community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.
Increases cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other branches of the criminal justice system.
The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the UPD’s organization, management, operations, and administration to include:
The accreditation standards provide norms against which agency performance can be measured and monitored over time. Accreditation provides the UPD with a continuous flow of Commission distributed information about exemplary policies, procedures, and projects. Accreditation provides objective measures to justify decisions related to budget requests and personnel policies. Accreditation serves as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of the UPD’s programs and services. The services provided are defined, and uniformity of service is assured. Accreditation streamlines operations, providing more consistency and more effective deployment of agency manpower.
Accreditation requires that agency policies and procedures are in written form and are available to all agency personnel at all times. Accreditation assures employees that every aspect of the UPD’s personnel system is in accord with professional standards, and that the system is both fair and equitable. The UPD is compelled to operate within specific guidelines. It is accountable to the Commission. The UPD must stay in compliance with the standards set forth by the Commission in order to retain its accreditation.
The morale of the UPD is enhanced by increasing the employees’ confidence in the effectiveness and efficiency of their own agency. Operations become more streamlined and consistent. Accreditation policies address officer safety issues and provide for adequate training and equipping of the officers. Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. Employees will take pride in their agency, knowing that it represents the very best in law enforcement.
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