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FWC achieves re-accreditation

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Media contact: Lauren McCormack, 850-688-7518

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement received recognition today at a ceremony in Daytona Beach for completing the review process to maintain its accreditation status. The FWC was initially accredited in 2009. This was its third completion of the accreditation process.

“Maintaining the highest standards of credibility, effectiveness and professionalism is critical for FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement,” said Nick Wiley, FWC executive director. “FWC staff work diligently to uphold these lofty standards each and every day. This recognition validates their hard work and provides a strong vote of confidence in their ability to deliver effectively on their public trust responsibilities focused on fish and wildlife conservation and public safety.”

Florida law enforcement accreditation is certified by an independent reviewing authority, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. There are approximately 260 prescribed standards reflecting best management practices that a law enforcement agency must meet or exceed consistently over a three-year period in order to achieve this status.

“Accreditation is a voluntary process intended to hold an agency to a higher level of accountability by an external source,” said Col. Curtis Brown, director of the Division of Law Enforcement.

An accreditation assessment team composed of law enforcement representatives from other accredited Florida law enforcement agencies conducted on-site inspections of the division’s procedures, policies, practices and equipment to determine compliance. The team visited FWC headquarters in Tallahassee and several other offices around the state, interviewing individuals, reviewing written materials and observing activity.

“We sincerely support the accreditation process,” Brown said. “It has been an effective way to ensure that we are operating efficiently and providing the best service we possibly can.”

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