Law Enforcement Accreditation recognizes professional excellence and is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a law enforcement agency. The Punta Gorda Police Department is proud to be State Accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) and has been an ardent supporter of law enforcement accreditation for many years. As a symbol of this commitment, the entire Command Staff of the Punta Gorda Police Department are accreditation assessors within the state accreditation program.
The Punta Gorda Police Department was initially awarded accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. on May 27, 1998 and was the eleventh municipal police agency within the State of Florida to achieve this honor. The Police Department achieved re-accredited status after undergoing successful assessment processes in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. On June 26, 2019, the Punta Gorda Police Department received their third Excelsior Recognition with the completion of seven successful re-accreditations.
Having already been State Accredited since 1998, the Punta Gorda Police Department achieved National Recognition through CALEA for the first time in the agency's history on July 31st, 2004.
The Florida Police Accreditation Coalition, Inc. (FLA-PAC) is a not-for-profit organization representing a coalition of criminal justice agencies from across the State of Florida working together to achieve and maintain accredited status. FLA-PAC provides a network for law enforcement and corrections professionals which encourages communication, mutual cooperation, support, and the sharing of resources in the pursuit and maintenance of accreditation.
The Punta Gorda Police Department is a proud member agency of FLA-PAC and a strong supporter of this coalition, which is the largest Accreditation PAC in the USA.