Saturday, May 07, 2011

A Message about Accredition from the Police Chief

I am proud to announce that the Lauderhill Police Department has been recommended to be re-accredited by the Florida Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation. The recommendation will be submitted to the full Florida Commission on June 30, 2011 in Bonita Springs, Florida.

An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the well known organizations that mandate accreditation. Only about a third of the law enforcement organizations in Florida are accredited of which the Lauderhill Police Department has been since 2005.

The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the police department’s organization , management, operations, and administration. Three State assessors from out of the area spent the last three days reviewing our policies and procedures including such areas as training, vehicle stops, arrests, use of force, and evidence collection. The review includes evidence that the policies and procedures have been followed the past three years. The assessors reviewed files, conducted interviews, rode with officers and observed all operations.

There are 261 mandated State standards that must be passed to maintain accredited status. Accreditation serves as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of the department’s programs and services. The services provided are defined, and uniformity of service is assured.

Our employees take pride in knowing that we achieved re-accreditation which shows our excellence and competence as one of the best agencies in law enforcement.

Chief Ken Pachnek
City of Lauderhill Police Department

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