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Accreditation agency reviewing Clearwater Police Department

CLEARWATER — The police chief is hoping to get good grades for how well he and his fellow officers are running the city's law enforcement.

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation recently began reviewing computer printouts, letters from citizens, logs, rosters, evaluations, budget documents, incident reports and other documents in the department's files.

The goal: To gauge how well Chief Daniel Slaughter, his fellow officers, and non-uniformed staff comply with approximately 260 policing standards.

The assessment team is made up of law enforcement officials from other agencies who also will interview individuals and interview employees in various department offices to determine their levels of compliance, officials said.

"Verification by the team that the agency meets the commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation," said Sgt. Todd Turpack, accreditation manager for the Clearwater police.

Once the review is complete, the assessment team will report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive re-accredited status.

"As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team," said Rob Shaw, the department's public information officer. A copy of the standards is available by contacting Shaw at (727) 562-4333.

The public is asked to mail written comments about the police department's ability to meet law enforcement accreditation standards to CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL, 32302.