COCOA POLICE DEPARTMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Yvonne Martinez, Public Information Officer, 321-243-7812
Thursday, June 24, 2021 1:07 PM CPD Earns Its 5th Reaccreditation (Cocoa, FL)—
An independent assessment team granted another seal of approval for the Cocoa Police Department’s policies, procedures and practices and awarded the agency its 5th reaccreditation. The certificate of reaccreditation was presented to Chief Evander Collier IV, Accreditation Manager Wendy Stiteler and Commander Pat Dovale in a ceremony in Orlando today. The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) granted the certification following a flawless three-day assessment that took place in April. During that time the assessment team thoroughly reviewed all the department’s policies and procedures, interviewed personnel and evaluated the overall workings of the agency to determine if it continued to meet the high professional standards and best practices established by the commission for law enforcement agencies in Florida. “I am honored to receive this reaccreditation certificate on behalf of all the hard-working men and women of the Cocoa Police Department who worked tirelessly to perform to the highest degree of integrity and professionalism,” said Chief Evander Collier IV. “This accomplishment demonstrates our dedication to the people we serve and our commitment to hold ourselves accountable to the highest professional standards that govern everything we do to keep our communities safe and secure.”
An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well-known organizations required to maintain accredited status. The accreditation process is an outstanding management tool for criminal justice agencies. Accreditation provides a blueprint for building an agency committed to providing value-based services through accountability and transparency to the communities it serves. Cocoa is one of approximately 200 agencies in the state to maintain its accreditation status. The department follows more than 250 professional standards
set by the commission to govern all aspects of professional law enforcement including everything from handling property and evidence to internal affairs, training and recruitment, use of force, special operations and other critical areas.