The University of Central Florida Police Department will undergo a review of its policies, procedures, management and operations by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation beginning March 11.

The police department must comply with about 260 standards to receive accreditation, and as part of the on-site assessment agency members and the general public are invited to provide feedback to the assessment team. 

Copies of the standards are available from the department’s public information officer, Grant Heston, who is UCF’s associate vice president of communications and public affairs, at 407-823-5988.

“This voluntary accreditation process is an important tool to ensure that our department provides the best possible service to the UCF community,” said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary.

For more information regarding the assessment, or for those wishing to offer written comments about the police department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL 32302, or e-mail

Deborah Moody is the CFA program manager for the UCF Police Department. 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 places where compliance can be observed. The CFA assessment team leader is Lt. Mark K. Buffington from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. Other team members are Maj. Donald Hall from the Clearwater Police Department and Carol Kersey from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full commission, which will then determine if the UCF Police Department will receive accreditation, which is renewable every three years.