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FWC’S Office of Inspector General working to receive statewide re-accreditation

News Release

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Media contact: Katie Purcell, 850-488-9386

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Office of Inspector General Internal Investigations Section is undergoing a Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (Commission) assessment to retain state-level accreditation. The Office of Inspector General received its initial accreditation in 2013.  Accreditation is part of a voluntary process completed every three years, which recognizes professional excellence in the field. The re-accreditation assessment will examine all aspects of OIG’s Internal Investigations Section, including looking at policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.  

“The Office of Inspector General is dedicated to maintaining FWC’s accountability, efficiency and integrity,” said Mike Troelstrup, FWC Inspector General. “We are excited to participate in this assessment and look for ways to improve our services so we can better respond to issues and concerns about our agency’s practices and policies.”

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards is available through the Commission’s website, and the public is encouraged to submit comments. Citizens looking to provide public comment may do so by visiting the Commission’s accreditation website at www.flaccreditation.org  or by writing to the Commission at: Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation; P.O. Box 1489; Tallahassee, FL 32302 or email info@flaccreditation.org. A team of assessors from the Commission will conduct an on-site assessment at the OIG in April.

The OIG has to comply with 44 standards in order to be accredited by the Commission. All of the standards are mandatory, such as requiring investigative staff abide by a code of ethics, staff establish and follow procedures for the release of information to the public in accordance with Florida Statutes, and members, including the Inspector General or designee, adhere to strict guidelines when conducting internal investigations of agency members. 

On April 5, 2016, a team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will be on-site at the FWC Office of Inspector General to examine all aspects of the office to ascertain continued compliance to maintain accredited status. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the FWC OIG is granted re-accredited status. The FWC OIG’s re-accreditation, if approved, will be for a three-year term. 



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