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Accreditation team invites public comments about Leesburg Police Department

A team of Assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will conduct an assessment of the Leesburg Police Department  on Dec. 5 through 7 for the department’s re-accreditation. The assessment team’s purpose is to examine all aspects of the Leesburg Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Robert W. Hicks announced today.

Law enforcement agencies must comply with approximately 240 standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues. As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.

A copy of the standards is available through Leesburg Police Department’s Accreditation Manager/Professional Standards Commander, at (352)728-9860.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Leesburg Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302
or email to

The Accreditation Program Manager for Leesburg Police Department is Lieutenant Chris Parsons. He said the assessment team is composed of trained law enforcement practitioners from other accredited agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and make observations of places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. Leesburg Police Department’s first accreditation was in February, 2018 and they achieved re-accreditation in February 2021. Accredited status is for 3 years and requires re-assessment to maintain accredited status. Verification by the team of assessors that Leesburg Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation-a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

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