Accreditation & Records
Accreditation HistoryIn 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed the Florida Sheriffs’ Association and the Florida Police Chiefs’ Association to create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards.
The Ponce Inlet Police department received its first accreditation in 2005, and was re-accredited in 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017.
During the month of November, 2020, a team of assessors from the Stuart Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department, and the Naples Police Department conducted an assessment of our police department. After a thorough review of our policies and procedures and interviews with staff members, they determined that the Ponce Inlet Police Department was in compliance with 200 out of 204 applicable standards (98% compliance rate). The four (4) standards that were not in compliance included an annual property and evidence audit, approval of a victims’ rights brochure, and an annual use of force review.
On February 18, 2021, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation voted to approve the re-accreditation of the Ponce Inlet Police Department with conditions. Those conditions include a two year annual look at the four (4) standards that were not in compliance.
I am extremely proud of the work done by the Ponce Inlet Police Department’s accreditation team led by Lieutenant Corey Mead and our Accreditation Manager, Ms. Gina Manchester. The assessment team used the word “flawless” to describe the work done by the team and stated, “The Ponce Inlet Police Department is a professional agency that is clearly committed to the accreditation process…..the assessment team was impressed by the members of the agency that were interviewed throughout the process.”
The citizens and visitors of Ponce Inlet should be proud of the men and women of the Ponce Inlet Police Department. Their commitment to excellence as shown by a sixth re-accreditation is a testament to their hard work and dedication. Excellence doesn’t happen by accident.
The accreditation program was designed with consideration for the following goals:
- To establish and maintain standards that represent current police practices.
- To increase effectiveness and efficiency in delivery of police services.
- To establish standards that address and reduce liability for the agency and its members.
- To establish standards that make an agency and its members accountable to the community they serve
About the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, Inc.
The Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, Inc. (FLA-PAC) is a not-for-profit organization representing a coalition of criminal justice agencies from across the State working together to achieve and maintain accredited status. FLA-PAC provides a network for law enforcement professionals, which encourages communication, mutual cooperation, support, and the sharing of resources in the pursuit and maintenance of accreditation.
The Records Unit includes several staff members who serve as the first point-of-contact for citizens who visit the Police Department or call the non-emergency number.
Staff members enter reports and citations into the Records Management System (RMS), take public records requests, accept payment for parking citations, and handle pet registrations, bicycle registrations, skate park registrations and other records related duties.
Records is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.