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The police department is a nationally-accredited, full-service agency employing 67 full-time police officers, 23 full-time civilians, and 12 part-time civilian employees. The goal of all employee of the police department is to help create a safe community for every person who lives, works, or visits in Jacksonville Beach.
Gene P. Smith
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department was formally awarded for Meritorious Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in November of 2015.
This successful review means the Police Department will retain its status as a nationally accredited law enforcement agency for another three years. The accreditation review process provides an independent evaluation of the agency and its policies, procedures, programs and facilities to ensure that the department is complying with 480 Internationally-recognized law enforcement performance standards. The Jacksonville Beach Police Department has been accredited CALEA since 1995.
The department has a full-time accreditation manager who is responsible for developing and maintaining accreditation standards and procedures, auditing compliance of the standards, drafting new written directives, and maintaining master and archive files.
The Benefits of CALEA Accreditation
CALEA accreditation strengthens the agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through standards that clearly define authority, performance and responsibilities. Accreditation is a means for developing and/or improving the agency’s relationship with the community. Being accredited also limits the agency’s liability and risk exposure as it demonstrates internationally-recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
The CALEA Process
A team of CALEA assessors conducted an on-site review of the department as part of the reaccreditation process. The assessment team recommended approval for reaccreditation and selected the agency to receive CALEA’s prestigious Accreditation with Excellence Award, in addition to the Meritorious Award (an agency accredited for a minimum of 15 consecutive years).
The Jacksonville Beach Police Department was among approximately 100 national law enforcement agencies that went before CALEA for either first-time accreditation or reaccreditation.