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Lake City Police Department Makes the Grade: Re-Accreditation Successful

Photo: LCPD police vehicle with caption: "LCPD re-accreditation shows we are maintaining the hightest standards," Interim Chief Butler
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LAKE CITY, FL – Each year, Lake City Police Department (LCPD) Accreditation Program Manager, Officer Greg Burnsed, ensures the department's policies and procedures are current with all changes and suggestions from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).

Three times a year, the CFA provides updates.

The LCPD Accreditation Team, Officer Erica Johns, Sergeant Mike Lee, and Officer Burnsed routinely conduct documentation inspections and mock audits. These practices enable the department to maintain professionalism and stay prepared for assessment at any time.

On November 29, 2021, a team of assessors from the CFA examined all aspects of LCPD’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Over three years, the LCPD must comply with approximately 260 standards to maintain accreditation status. Many standards are critical to life, health, and safety issues.

The CFA assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessment team reviewed written material, interviewed over two dozen individuals, and visited offices and other places where compliance needs to be verified. Upon completion of the review process, the assessment team reports to the full Commission. The Commission then decides if the agency retains accreditation status.

LCPD Chief Butler
LCPD Chief Butler

Interim Chief of Police Gerald Butler (Chief Butler) said, “Being accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation is a voluntary process. The review is rigorous and shows the agency is maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.”

On Thursday, February 24, 2022, Chief Butler, Officer Burnsed, Officer Johns, members of Command Staff, the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni, and City Government Officials traveled to St. Augustine for the presentation of the Certificate of Re-Accreditation by the CFA.

Chief Butler said, “By maintaining accreditation, LCPD is able to provide the best possible service to our community by holding ourselves and the department to the highest standards and practices. The teamwork and dedication of every member of our department are visible through this certification.”

Chief Butler added, “This Accreditation cycle would not have been possible without the leadership and smooth transition provided by former Chief Gilmore.”

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