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Members of the Public Invited to Comment on the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations’ Reaccreditation Process

11/6/2015

Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413- 2842
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Division of State Fire Marshal, Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations is inviting public comment as the bureau proceeds through its reaccreditation process. Accreditation is a certification issued by an independent reviewing authority confirming that an organization has met specific requirements and prescribed standards of excellence. The Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations became accredited in February 2009 and was reaccredited in February 2012.
 
The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) is the accrediting body for law enforcement agencies in the state of Florida. Accreditation requires consistency, transparency and accountability, which are confirmed through an on-site assessment. To ensure compliance with accreditation standards, assessors review written materials and interview agency members.
 
On December 8-10, 2015, three assessors will confirm the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations’ compliance with nearly 260 CFA accreditation standards at its headquarters in Tallahassee. The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from various law enforcement agencies across Florida. The team leader is Special Agent Tim Elder of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with assessors Lieutenant Keith Clark of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Ms. Anne Bacom of the Deland Police Department.

As part of the on-site process, assessors will also visit the bureau’s field offices in Pensacola, Orlando, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers. This assessment team includes Lieutenant Jimmy Fannin of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Aaron Grassi of the Clermont Police Department, Sergeant Bob Thomas of the Palm Beach County School District Police Department and Ms. Gloria Sepanik of the Punta Gorda Police Department.
 
To become reaccredited would reaffirm the Bureau’s continued commitment to professional excellence and would increase the Bureau’s ability to fulfill its mission of protecting the citizens of Florida, and their property, from arson and arson-related crimes.
 
Comments about the Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations’ compliance with the CFA standards can be sent to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement. Letters may be submitted to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302. Email correspondence may be forwarded to: info@flaccreditation.org. For further information or for a copy of the CFA standards please contact Lieutenant Chris Welch, Accreditation Manager at (850) 413-3674.

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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, 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. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).