Accreditation Manager &
Administrative Services Specialist
The Accreditation and Administrative Services Unit falls under the supervision of the Administrative Services Supervisor and is facilitated by Kaylee Licata, our Accreditation & Administrative Services Specialist. The Accreditation and Administrative Services Unit is responsible for the following:
Law enforcement accreditation recognizes professional excellence and is the highest honor bestowed upon a law enforcement agency. The Punta Gorda Police Department is currently accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA). The department was initially accredited in 1998 as the eleventh municipal police agency in the State of Florida to achieve this honor. The police department has achieved reaccreditation in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016, receiving Excelsior Recognition in 2013. On June 26, 2019, the police department received their third Excelsior Recognition with the completion of seven successful reaccreditations.
The Punta Gorda Police Department is also a proud member agency of the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition (FLA-PAC).
It is of utmost importance that personnel receive current information and consistent direction. An efficient written directive system is invaluable in achieving this goal. The written directive is the primary means by which policy is developed, revised, and maintained. Department personnel are responsible for familiarizing themselves with any written documentation pertaining to their respective assignments. The Punta Gorda Police Department currently has approximately 200 active policies and orders. At minimum, each policy is reviewed approximately once every two years to determine if it is current with our practices and legislation. A few policies are required by Accreditation Standards to be reviewed annually.
The Punta Gorda Police Department actively pursues grant opportunities each year to provide funding for specific projects in which funding may not exist through our general operating accounts. Grants generally involve some type of application and a proposal. Typically a grant is for a specific project with most requiring some type of reporting and monitoring requirements. Many of the grants we are eligible for come through the Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program. The Punta Gorda Police Department has also qualified in recent years for grants through the Charlotte County Marine Advisory Committee, Walmart and Fire House Subs.
Items the police department has acquired through grants in recent years include equipment for our training lab simulator, bullet proof vests, dive team equipment, surveillance equipment, and a police boat.
The Accreditation & Administrative Services Specialist also assists with staff inspections and other administrative projects.