Accredited since 2000
The Lighthouse Point Police Department was first accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) in June of 2000. In June 2004, and most recently in April of 2016, the Department was reaccredited and awarded the Excelsior Level of Accreditation. CFA reviewed all aspects of the Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services to determine compliance with 276 recognized standards of excellence. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.
Undergoing the voluntary accreditation process provides an agency with a “quality assurance review” and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient and effective daily operations. Accreditation by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation and Recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. are considered significant accomplishments held in high esteem by the Criminal Justice community.
In May of 2010, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) empaneled an ad hoc Client Recognition Development Committee to develop and recommend a suitable recognition program for Florida criminal justice agencies which have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the Florida accreditation process. An important focus of this initiative was to develop a non-subjective recognition program that recognizes agencies with criteria based upon two key benchmarks.
Commitment to Accreditation – Candidate agencies shall have been awarded five successful reaccreditation cycles by the Commission; and
Excellence in Accreditation – A candidate agency’s reaccreditation interval shall only be credited toward this new recognition status if conditions were not assessed by the Commission. With these criteria in place, the committee recommended the name of this new exceptional level of achievement would be Excelsior Recognition. The word Excelsior is a Latin adjective meaning “higher” or “loftier,” used in English as an interjection with a poetic meaning of “ever upward.”
On July 1, 2010, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation formally adopted the committee’s recommendations, and the Excelsior Recognition program became the highest level of achievement in Florida accreditation a criminal justice agency can receive. Today, the Excelsior Recognition program recognizes some of the finest criminal justice agencies in the State of Florida, and a demonstrated level of commitment to the Florida Accreditation process unparalleled in the criminal justice profession.