LARGO — A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will arrive July 25 to examine Largo Police Department’s procedures, management, operations and support services. 

The department has to comply with 99 standards in order to receive accredited status.

As part of the assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the standards manual is available by calling 727-586-7462.

For more information about the process or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the department, write to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302, or email flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us.

Thomas Recla, the LPD’s accreditation program manager, said the assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other areas.

Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then determine if the agency is to receive accredited status. The department's accreditation is valid for three years. 

Verification by the team that the department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation, which is “a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Jeff Undestad said.

Trotter Road reopens

LARGO — Trotter Road reopened for vehicle traffic June 20.

It is still considered a construction zone so the speed limit is 15 mph until final construction is complete. The new stop signs at the intersection of Trotter Road and Eighth Avenue Southwest are permanent and motorists are urged to come to a full stop. The Largo Police Department will be shifting from issuing warnings to actual ticketed citations in the near future.

To celebrate the reopening of the road, the city of Largo is partnering with St. Patrick Catholic School for a block party Saturday, July 20, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the school, 1501 Trotter Road. 

The event will feature entertainment, free food and more.