Press Release for Thursday, July 31, 2008

UNF's Police Department Seeks Law Enforcement Accreditation

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Police Department announced today that it is seeking re-accreditation, a highly-prized recognition for law enforcement professional excellence. The campus police department must comply with more than 270 standards in order to receive an accredited status, which if obtained, would last for three years.

“Law enforcement accreditation is a voluntary program that not all agencies in Florida can meet or are willing to meet. It shows that we, as an agency, are willing to hold ourselves to a set of standards set forth by the Commission,” said Mark Foxworth, UNF police department chief. “Accreditation will make us a more professional and better-trained agency now and for the future.”

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on campus on Wednesday, Aug. 6, to examine specific aspects of the police department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from other Florida agencies and will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices where compliance can be witnessed. The CFA assessment team leader is Capt. David Thompson, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office; Capt. Diane Russo, Florida Highway Patrol; and Officer Justin Woodall, Florida State University Police Department.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. The public may call (904) 620-3970 on Thursday, Aug. 7, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Telephone comments must be limited to 10 minutes and address the agency’s ability to comply with CFA standards.

A copy of the standards can be obtained by contacting Assistant Chief John Dean at (904) 620-2378. If you would like to make a comment in writing, send your comments to CFA, 3504 Lake Lynda Drive, Suite 380, Orlando, FL, 32817.