TALLAHASSEE – To enhance accountability and bring its investigative function up to the next level, the Board of Governors’ Office of Inspector General is seeking an accredited status from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. Long recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards.
“As a Board, we fully recognize how important it is to have the right processes in place and follow best practices when it comes to investigations,” said Tim Cerio, chair of the Board’s Audit and Compliance Committee. “The Board’s Office of Inspector General has an excellent investigative team, and this extra step toward accreditation is a great example of its commitment to continued excellence.”
To achieve accreditation, the Board’s Office of the Inspector General will undergo an assessment on Dec. 3 by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. Accreditation requirements include compliance with 46 mandatory standards, relating to policies and procedures, management, operations, and practices. A copy of the accreditation standards is available through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s website at www.flaccreditation.org. As part of the assessment, employees of the Board of Governors as well as members of the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team by writing to the following:
Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation
P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302
Email: [email protected]
After the assessment team completes their review of the Office of Inspector General’s Investigations Section, it will report back to the full Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation for a final decision on whether accreditation status will be granted. Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary and, if granted, will be for a three-year period.
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