Clerk JD Peacock, II is pleased to announce the accreditation of the Department of Inspector General. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. officially awarded accreditation to the Department at their meeting in St. Augustine on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The Commission meets three times per year to oversee the accreditation program and to accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process.
Sam Scallan, Inspector General stated that, "Achieving accreditation for this Department is important to us because it says we have met the professional standards of an Office of Inspector General. It is also important to our customers and business partners because it represents a symbol of our commitment to the highest standards of investigative work. Meeting these standards is part of a voluntary process to gain/maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of professional excellence." The accreditation is valid for three years at which time the Department submits their application for reaccreditation.
The accreditation process included a site visit by a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). The team visited the Department on December 13, 2016, to review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Inspector General Practitioners from similar agencies composed the assessment team.
There are 44 standards for Offices of Inspectors General. The report by the assessment team indicated that the Department complied with all applicable standards-100% compliance.
The Commission’s assessors forwarded their review of the agency to the Commission and reported back to them at their meeting on Wednesday.
Earning this accreditation was no easy task. Scallan gave full credit to the Department’s Investigator and Accreditation Manager, Brad Embry. “It was due to his diligence in developing policies that met the standards that lead us to where we are today.”