For Immediate Release: February 15, 2023
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on Thursday, April 6, 2023, to examine all aspects of the Department of Elder Affairs’ (Department) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) investigative policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The OIG has to comply with numerous standards in order to receive accredited status. Many of the standards are critical to life, health, safety issues, and best practices.
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 manual is available on the CFA website at www.flaccreditation.org under the standards tab.
For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the OIG’s ability to meet the investigative standards of accreditation, please send correspondence to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The assessment team is composed of assessors from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be observed,” said Investigator Mark Meadows, accreditation program manager for the Department’s OIG.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full Commission, which then determines if the agency is to receive accredited or reaccredited status. The Department’s accreditation is valid for three years. Verification by the team that the Department’s OIG meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation for its investigative functions—”a highly prized recognition of professional excellence,” Inspector General Taroub Faraj said.