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Members of the Public Invited to Comment on Accreditation for the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations

11/16/2012

CONTACT: Deborah Jamison
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE - A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) are scheduled to examine the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations (BFAI) for reaccreditation December 11-13, 2012. As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community are invited to offer written comments about the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations’ ability to meet the standards of accreditation. Please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302 or email info@flaccreditation.org.  A copy of the standards is available at: http://www.flaccreditation.org/Standards%20files/CFA/CFA%20Standards%20Manual%20Fourth%20Edition%204.0.26.pdf.

BFAI was initially accredited on February 3, 2010.  The voluntary process to gain reaccreditation requires the continued maintenance of policies and procedures within state law enforcement guidelines and requires compliance with established standards.  An accredited agency must conform to best practices and prove adherence to legal, operational, and administrative processes designed to protect the taxpayers from unnecessary liabilities, better train and equip staff, and provide a higher level of service to the community. Every three years the Bureau must be reevaluated by the CFA to ensure compliance with all required standards. 

The CFA Assessment Team includes personnel from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office.  Site visits will be completed in Jacksonville, Plantation and Orlando by personnel from the Neptune Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.