Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Brooksville Police Department prepares for reaccreditation

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville police Sgt. Robert Dixon will attest that preparations for the department's accreditation renewal began the moment the agency earned its original endorsement in 2011 from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.

In fact, said Dixon, the department's accreditation program coordinator, the process "never really stops," as department policies and procedures are constantly reviewed and refined.

This week, assessors from the commission will be in town to see whether the Brooksville Police Department continues to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to keep its accredited status.

Dixon, who was hired in 2009 to maintain, oversee and prepare the department for the stringent accreditation process, doesn't think that will be a problem. In January, the department staged its own mock assessment and came through with flying colors, he said.

The three-day reassessment process is comprehensive and includes a thorough review of written policies and procedures, as well as interviews with administrative and rank-and-file employees. The process examines closely a number of procedural elements, including how the agency handles evidence, what policies officers are expected to follow when they pursue suspects and to what degree uniformed personnel are qualified with their weapons.

Police Chief George Turner said that he made gaining accreditation a top priority when he was hired by the city in 2007. Calling it a "highly prized recognition of professional excellence in law enforcement," he hoped the effort would help pave a new way for a department that had seen its share of administrative troubles before his arrival.

In addition to providing the staff with renewed focus, Turner thought the program would help lower liability and health insurance rates, as well as lessen the likelihood that the city would be held liable in a civil lawsuit.

"In essence, it says that we do what we say we do," Turner said. "It's a big source of pride to this department."

Although relatively new in the law enforcement field, universities, hospitals and other professional organizations have, for many years, undergone similar accreditation processes. Of the more than 400 law enforcement agencies in Florida, about 140 are currently listed as accredited. Although the Hernando County Sheriff's Office became an accredited agency under Sheriff Tom Mylander, current Sheriff Al Nienhuis decided to forfeit the endorsement in 2011 due to financial concerns.

Dixon said that although the accreditation reassessment is mainly administrative, it also takes into account any comments — good and bad — from the public about the department's methods and procedures.

"Obviously, we work for the citizens of Brooksville," he said, "so what they have to say is very important in the assessment process."

Logan Neill can be reached at or (352) 848-1435.

>>fast facts

Input on Brooksville Police Department

Anyone wishing to offer comments to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation about the Brooksville Police Department's ability to meet the standards of accreditation may do so by writing the commission at P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302, or email

Brooksville Police Department prepares for reaccreditation 04/18/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 7:00pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium


    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    TIMES ARCHIVES (2012) | Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.
  2. Memorial for Snooty the manatee, postponed because of Irma, to be held Sunday


    A public memorial to celebrate the life of 69-year-old Snooty the manatee will be held at the South Florida Museum on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

    Snooty , the world's most celebrated manatee, begs for another slice of apple in his pool in the Parker Manatee Aquarium at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton in 2008. Snooty was 60 then. [Times 2008]
  3. Residents wade through a flooded road after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday, September 22, 2017. Because of the heavy rains brought by Maria, thousands of people were evacuated from Toa Baja after the municipal government opened the gates of the Rio La Plata Dam. [Associated Press]
  4. NFL commissioner, players' union angrily denounce Trump comments on national anthem


    SOMERSET, N.J. — The National Football League and its players' union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national …

    President Donald Trump walks off the stage after he speaks at campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. [Associated Press]
  5. New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico


    MEXICO CITY — A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two still-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people.

    Locals play pool at a venue in Mexico City's La Condesa neighborhood, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, four days after the 7.1 earthquake. The upscale Mexico City neighborhood was one of the hardest hit, with more than a half-dozen collapsed buildings in the immediate vicinity. The few Condesa residents who ventured out Friday night said they were anxious for relief from an anguishing week. [Associated Press]