Hillsboro Police Ready for Accreditation Inspection
Hillsboro Beach’s finest are expecting state inspectors on November 5, who will measure compliance with rigorous standards set for law enforcement protocol.
A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will arrive in the tiny town. They will look at 261 criteria, up from 256 just two years ago, and Chief Thomas Nagy says the town police department must comply with each and every one of them.
Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety.Take the policy on using an alternative to arrest. To become accredited, the department must have a separate file and written directives that define, for example, when to issue a notice to appear; when to write a citation of warning or a dispute referral and, finally, when to employ either the Marchman Act for a person under the influence or Baker Act for someone not behaving rationally.
Multiply that single policy by the 261 standards required for certification and it’s understandable why it took Town of Hillsboro Beach Maj. Jay Szesnat 36 months and the title of accreditation manager to achieve. Members of the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. Copies of the standards are available by calling 954-427-6600.
Once the assessors complete their review, the report goes to the Commission on Accreditation which grants or doesn’t grant a status good for three years.
As the Florida Commission on Law Enforcement points out, “the accreditation process establishes norms by which agency performance can be measured…develops personnel systems such as selection, hiring, internal discipline and others, to become effective, responsive, fair and equitable
Nagy long has heralded the high standard set by the process – and the benefits. “We do have to comply with all standards,” he said.