The Jupiter Police Department is proud to claim accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that the Police Department has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Accreditation has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism.
In 1993, Florida Statute 943.125 directed that the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association create a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program. Representatives from these associations developed a process for accreditation that required compliance with more than 250 professional standards designed specifically for Florida law enforcement agencies. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. was formed, comprised of four sheriffs, four chiefs, and one representative each from the Association of Counties, the League of Cities, and the Judiciary. The commission meets quarterly to oversee the accreditation program and to officially accredit agencies that have passed the rigorous review process.
Accreditation recognizes professional excellence in law enforcement services by offering bodies of national standards that law enforcement agencies are required to comply with. Accreditation status for law enforcement agencies are similar to accredited institutions such as hospitals, colleges and universities.