Office of Professional Standards
The Office of Professional Standards is charged with the following missions, Accreditation and Internal Affairs. The office is comprised of a Lieutenant overseen and supervised by the Captain in charge of the Operations Bureau.
Accreditation: Accreditation requires agencies to have clear policies in place that govern various topics such as training, vehicle pursuits, evidence handling, fiscal activities, equipment requirements, among others. Through accreditation, the Department maintains a higher level of professionalism, thus increasing the public's confidence in the law enforcement services the agency renders.
The Office of Professional Standards is currently in the process of reviewing all Department policies and procedures to ensure the agency’s readiness for assessment by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The process is lengthy and requires mock assessments prior to assessment by the Commission to ensure compliance. Once Accreditation has been granted the Office of Professional Standards will continue maintain and oversee compliance through the Commission of Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Department at the present time is not accredited, but seeks to attain accreditation and values this designation.
Internal Affairs: Internal Affairs is responsible for investigating allegations of officer misconduct. Florida State Statutes sets forth very specific guidelines by which such investigations must be conducted and it is through detailed investigation that the rights of officers under investigations are protected, while conducting fair and impartial investigations in order to prove or disprove such allegations.