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Posted on: October 14, 2019

West Melbourne Police Department Invites Public Comment During Accreditation Process

The West Melbourne Police Department is inviting public comment as the Department proceeds through its re-accreditation process. Accreditation is a certification issued by an independent reviewing authority confirming that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards of excellence.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) is the accrediting body for law enforcement agencies in the State of Florida. Accreditation requires consistency, transparency and accountability, which is confirmed through an on-site assessment. To ensure compliance with accreditation standards, assessors review written materials, interview agency members, and observe issued equipment and facilities.

On November 19-21, 2019, three assessors will confirm West Melbourne Police Department’s compliance with approximately 250 CFA accreditation standards, with many of those standards critical to life, health and safety. The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from various law enforcement agencies across Florida. The team leader is Sergeant Patty Stanton of the Temple Terrace Police Department, along with Jody Barrett of the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office, and Inspector Keith Riddick of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. A mock assessment was conducted on September 9-11, 2019 and that assessment team consisted of team leader Captain David Pate of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC), Corporal Marette Sims of the Winter Springs Police Department, and Master Officer Tammy Farnham of the Stuart Police Department.

Accreditation affirms the Department’s continued commitment to professional excellence and increases the Department’s ability to fulfill its mission of serving and safeguarding the public and businesses operating in the City of West Melbourne.

Comments about the West Melbourne Police Department’s compliance with the CFA standards can be sent to The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. Letters may be submitted to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302. Email correspondence may be forwarded to: For further information or for a copy of the CFA standards please contact Jacqueline Wolfe, Accreditation Manager at (321) 723-9673. Ext. 1116.

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