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Major Ernesto Duarte
Florida Highway Patrol

For Immediate Release:

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Division of Florida Highway Patrol announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (C.A.L.E.A.) will begin a comprehensive examination of the agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, as part of the Patrol’s C.A.L.E.A. accreditation process.

As part of the on-site assessment, members of the public and agency employees are invited to offer comments directly to the assessment team by calling 1-866-489-7592 between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P. M., on Wednesday, August 22, 2007. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

“Verification by the team that the Florida Highway Patrol meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary accreditation process – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said Colonel Chris Knight, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Florida Highway Patrol’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215.

The Florida Highway Patrol was originally accredited in November 1996, after proving that it complied with approximately 350 standards. This on-site assessment will confirm the Patrol’s continued compliance with the applicable standards.

“By voluntarily undergoing this intensive scrutiny and peer review from the Commission, FHP will bring comfort to the citizens of Florida that their state law enforcement agency is among the finest in the nation,” Knight said.

Captain Diane Russo and Lieutenant Robert Ifft both oversee the Florida Highway Patrol’s Accreditation Program. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies, who will review written materials, interview individuals and visit FHP stations throughout the state, as well as, other facilities where compliance can be observed. The assessors are: Major W. David Munday of the North Carolina Highway Patrol (retired), Commander Burl W. Haenel of the Scottsdale Arizona Police Department, and Mr. David R. Hobson of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice and Training.

“Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to maintain their accredited status,” Captain Russo stated.

The Commission conducts on-site assessments of agencies every three years. Between on-site assessments, agencies must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which they were accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2215, or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or visit their website at www.calea.org.


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