Satellite Beach Police Department Awarded ‘Excelsior Status’ In Law Enforcement Accreditation
By Space Coast Daily // October 8, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • SATELLITE BEACH, FLORIDA – On Wednesday, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation reviewed several Florida police agencies for initial or reaccreditation status.
The commission unanimously voted to award the Satellite Beach Police Department a 5th consecutive accreditation certification.
The agency was also awarded the prestigious Excelsior Award, which is the highest honor for accredited agencies.
Satellite Beach is also the first agency in Brevard County to achieve this award.
In August 2015, the visiting assessment team conducted independent, intensive and thorough inspections of the agencies operations.
To earn reaccreditation an agency must comply with all applicable, mandatory standards. Independent assessors were provided with complete, unlimited access to review written documentation, conduct personnel interviews, observe agency operations and training practices, and conduct facility inspections to ensure the Satellite Beach Police Departments compliance with all accreditation standards.
Excelsior status is the highest recognition for continued excellence in law enforcement accreditation. This award recognizes agencies that have maintained a long and successful review of policies and procedures and comply with the state standards.
It takes approximately 17 years to achieve this recognition. For a Florida law enforcement agency to achieve Excelsior status, the agency must have received initial accreditation through the Commission, followed by five (5) successful reaccreditation assessments without any issues or special conditions.
Only about 20% of all accredited law enforcement agencies in the state have received the Excelsior award.
“I am proud of each and every one of the men and women of the Satellite Beach Police Department and the work everyone does. Our citizens expect and deserve the highest level of services and our officers and staff members consistently deliver on that expectation,” said Police Chief Jeff Pearson.
“Receiving a flawless assessment is an impressive accomplishment and could not happen without the support we receive from the City Manager Courtney Barker and the Mayor and City Council. Everyone should be proud of this achievement.”
Commander Brad Hodge, Acting Accreditation Manager stated:
“We don’t have to put on a show when the state team arrives. We are used to these strict standards because we have been living them for 15 plus years since we were originally accredited,” said Commander Brad Hodge.
“We are constantly looking for ways we can improve and this process supports that. This is just how we operate every day and our people do a great job.”