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Accreditation Team Invites Public Comments about the Wilton Manors Police Department
Accreditation 2016

(Wilton Manors, FL)
– A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive April 19, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Wilton Manors Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Paul O’Connell announced today.  The Wilton Manors Police Department (WMPD) has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health, and safety issues. 

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through Public Information Officer Jennifer Bickhardt, WMPD at 954-866-5848 or through email at .

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Wilton Manors Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to .

The Accreditation Program Manager for WMPD is Doug Robertson.  According to Robertson, the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Sergeant Nicole Minick of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  Other team members are Commander Chris Willet, Altamonte Springs Police Department and Sergeant Chris Crawford of the Rockledge Police Department.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status.  Wilton Manors accreditation is for 3 years.  Verification by the team that WMPD meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief O’Connell said.

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An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.  Indeed, it is a form of “best practices” that acts to protect both the police officers and the citizenship they are sworn to protect.  Accreditation has proven to give a high return on investment because it protects taxpayer dollars by providing the most efficient use of staffing and equipment through the adoption and use of these “best practices.”   A Police Department which attains such designation is the functional equivalent to a Doctor or a Lawyer being “Board Certified” and it means that we meet or exceed the highest standards of our respective professions.  In addition, Accreditation helps in our recruiting efforts as the best police candidates are drawn to the best Police Departments.  Finally, those Police Departments which are accredited tend to have a higher success rate in securing Grant Awards because of the status that comes with being accredited.

The Wilton Manors Police Department first attained Accreditation status in 2010.  This past spring we went through the process of “Re-Accreditation” which was an arduous process of proving that this Police Department continues to adhere to these high standards in our daily activity as we serve the citizens and visitors of Wilton Manors.  In June 2013 the Wilton Manors Police Department was awarded “Re-Accreditation” at a ceremony in Bonita Springs.

So the Wilton Manors Police Department maintains its Accreditation status for the next three years.  What an honor this is!!  The badge we wear on our uniform is a Badge of Honor.  The Accreditation status we have attained is a Badge of Excellence!  For more information on the Florida Accreditation process I encourage you to visit their website at

To reach the Wilton Manors Police Department Accreditation Coordinator please call 954-390-2106.