The Tequesta Police Department, led by Police Chief Gus Medina, received its official Accreditation on Thursday, June 16, 2022 through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. following a rigorous review process. The process, which began over a year ago, consisted of a thorough analysis of all files, policies, procedures and operations by the accreditation assessors. Countless hours went into policy review and formulation, training and mock assessments; all of which analyzed the department from top to bottom.
“An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards.” – Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation
There are many benefits to having an accredited police department. A few include:
- Increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services.
- Enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives.
- Creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.
- Requires that agency policies and procedures are in written form and are available to all agency personnel at all times.
- Accreditation standards address officer safety issues and provide for adequate training and equipment of the officers.
Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. Employees will take pride in their agency, knowing that it represents the very best in law enforcement.
The Accreditation program’s objectives are:
- Establish and maintain standards that represent current professional law enforcement practices
- Increase effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services
- Establish standards that address and reduce liability for the agency and its members
- Establish standards that make an agency and its personnel accountable to the constituency they serve.
The initial accreditation process is valid for three years and reports must be submitted annually.
“It is an honor to lead an amazing group of dedicated officers, support personnel, and volunteers. It takes a team – a family – a community – to help us reach and maintain this gold standard for law enforcement. We are fortunate to serve this great community – a community that is a true supportive partner in all our endeavors. I thank all of the members of the Tequesta Police Department for their dedication and commitment to the Village of Tequesta and our police department.” – Police Chief Gus Medina
Contact: Sgt. Emir Yildiz, PIO, firstname.lastname@example.org
Police Chief Medina, email@example.com
Lori McWilliams, Village Clerk/PIO, firstname.lastname@example.org