In early March, state team to begin accreditation process for Sarasota Police Department

Public welcome to offer comments about the department to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement

This is the cover of the October 2019 edition of the standards manual for the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. Image courtesy of the commission

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive March 10 to examine all aspects of the Sarasota Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, the department has announced.

The Sarasota Police Department must comply with approximately 240 standards to receive accredited status, the release explains. “Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues,” the release adds.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team, the release notes. A copy of the standards is available online at

For more information regarding the CFA, or to offer written comments about the Sarasota Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, the release says, the public may write to the following address: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302; or email comments or questions to

After the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will provide a report to the full commission, which will decide if the agency is to receive accredited status, the release points out.  If approved, the Sarasota Police Department’s accreditation would be for a three-year term, the release says.