From left, Julie Jones, committee chair of the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation; Ava Jurek, CFA accreditation manager; Hector Collazo Jr., Pinellas County inspector general; and Lori Mizell, CFA accreditation executive director.
CLEARWATER - The Office of Ken Burke, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Division of the Inspector General Division, announces that the agency has been awarded reaccreditation status by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
The CFA is based in Orlando and reviews all aspects of an agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services to determine compliance with 40 recognized standards of excellence.
Chairman Julie Jones formally presented the Certificate of Accreditation to Hector Collazo, Pinellas County’s director and inspector general, and Ava Jurek, CFA accreditation manager, on Feb. 21.
The CFA is an independent reviewing authority created in 1993 to establish a voluntary accreditation program. The CFA establishes standards, manages accreditation programs, and grants accreditation to Offices of Inspectors General that adhere to the established standards. The CFA’s goal is to improve agencies’ effectiveness and efficiency while performing their duties.
On Dec. 4, 2012, the CFA assessment team conducted a thorough peer review of the Division’s Public Integrity Unit’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services to determine compliance with the CFA standards. They determined that the Division is 100 percent compliant with the CFA standards and recommended reaccreditation.
Undergoing the voluntary state accreditation process provides an agency with a “quality assurance review” and encourages intense self-scrutiny, resulting in more efficient and effective daily operations.
Becoming reaccredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation is considered a significant accomplishment and this status is held in high esteem by the criminal justice and inspectors general communities.
The Division became the first local government agency in the nation to be awarded status as an Accredited Office of Inspector General on Feb. 3, 2010 and now is the first local government agency in the nation to be awarded status as a reaccredited Office of Inspector General.
“By choosing to continue participation in the formal and thorough peer review by the Commission, the Division of Inspector General can document to the citizens of Pinellas County that it adheres to high standards of professionalism and is among the finest in the state,” said Collazo.