• Public comment open for the Palatka Police Department

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    PALATKA, Fla. - The Palatka Police Department posted on Facebook about their accreditation team opening up public comment about the police department.

    The post explains what the accreditation means and how the police department gets their accreditation. 

    Here is what the Facebook post said:

    "A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive November 5, 2019 to examine all aspects of the Palatka Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The Palatka Police Department has to comply with approximately 250 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

    "As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards manual is available through the Palatka Police Department Public Information Officer.

    "For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Palatka Police Departments ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email to flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us.

    "The Accreditation Program Manager for the Palatka Police Department is Lee Kuhn. She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies throughout the State. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be witnessed.

    "Once the Commission's assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then determine if the agency is to receive accredited status. The Palatka Police Departments accreditation is valid for 3 years. Verification by the team that the Palatka Police Department meets the Commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Jason L. Shaw said."

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