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(Tampa): A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive July 29th, to examine all aspects of the Tampa Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. TPD 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 TPD’s Public Information Officer in Tampa at 813-276-3255.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about TPD’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 TPD is Captain Lee Bercaw. 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 Captain Tom Lewis from Punta Gorda 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. TPD’s accreditation is valid for three years. Verification by the team that TPD 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.