Sarasota Police Department wins accreditation for another three years

Thorough on-site assessment conducted by team in March

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), in conjunction with the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition (FLA-PAC), has awarded accreditation status to the Sarasota Police Department (SPD), the Police Department has announced.

The Commission and Coalition members made that determination during a meeting held on June 29 at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando, a news release says. The Police Department’s accreditation will be in effect for three years, the release adds.

In March, a team of CFA assessors conducted “a thorough on-site assessment of the Sarasota Police Department,” the release notes. The team members “examined all aspects of policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. CFA assessors found the agency in compliance with all applicable standards,” the release says. They “found no out-of-compliance issues,” the release points out.

Accreditation is a voluntary process for law enforcement agencies, the release explains.

“The Sarasota Police Department has to comply with numerous standards to receive accredited status,” the release says. Many of them “are critical to life, health, safety issues, and best practices,” it adds.

The accreditation manager for the Sarasota Police Department is Marissa Moore, the release notes.

“This accreditation status is further evidence of the exemplary standards we hold our officers to at the Sarasota Police Department,” said Chief Rex Troche in the release. “Our agency is committed to upholding the best practices set forth by the CFA. We’re proud of this achievement and our goal is to keep this status in years to come,” he added in the release.

In its final assessment report, the release continues, the CFA accreditation team wrote, “It is clear the Sarasota Police Department has a genuine commitment to the accreditation process. This commitment was apparent when interacting with members of the agency, touring locations, and reviewing files. Members of the agency were found to be engaged in the accreditation process and driven to provide excellent, professional, fair, and dedicated service to the residents and visitors of Sarasota.”