USF Police Dept. Receives Reaccreditation
The department has received accreditation since 2000.
Special to USF News
TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 30, 2012) – The University of South Florida Police Department has been awarded reaccredited status by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). CFA is based in Tallahassee, and reviews all aspects of an agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services to determine compliance with 263 recognized standards of excellence. No corrective actions were noted during the site team’s review.
The Certificate of Reaccreditation was formally presented to USF Police Chief Tom Longo on Sept. 27 at the Florida Police Accreditation Commission meeting in Sarasota. The USF Police Department was initially accredited in 2000 and subsequently reaccredited in 2003, 2006, and 2009.
Undergoing the voluntary state accreditation process provides an agency with a “quality assurance review” and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient and effective daily operations. Becoming accredited is considered a significant accomplishment and the criminal justice community holds this status in high esteem.
“Choosing to continue participation in the formal and thorough peer review by CFA ensures the USF Police Department can document to the university community and to the citizens of Florida that it adheres to high standards of professionalism and is among the finest in the state,” Longo said.