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Date: November 21, 2011

Subject: Cape Coral Police Department Receives 'Excellence Award' from CALEA

Every three years since 1989, the Cape Coral Police Department has pursued national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. Each time, we have achieved the status of Nationally Accredited.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedure, administration, operations, and support services. An agency is evaluated on over 485 individual industry standards during a re-accreditation evaluation.

The Cape Coral Police Department, having recently gone through an extensive review process from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), received news that they have been re-accredited by the prestigious organization.

Not only was the Cape Coral Police Department re-accredited, they have been presented with the "Excellence Award" from CALEA.

At the outset of 2011, the Commission announced the establishment of a new award for agencies enrolled in CALEA Accreditation programming. The intent of this award is to provide superlative agencies an opportunity to be further recognized for the effective use of accreditation as a model for enhanced public safety service delivery.

The criteria for the Accreditation with Excellence Award are:

* Demonstrated excellence in the development and implementation of contemporary policy and procedure. * Demonstrated excellence in the ability to use the CALEA Accreditation process as a tool for continuous organizational improvement. * Demonstrated excellence in the collection, review and analysis of organizational data for the purpose of public safety service improvement. * Demonstrated advocacy for CALEA Accreditation as a strategy for enhancing the professional standing of public safety. * Demonstrated excellence in addressing the intent of CALEA standards, beyond compliance. * Demonstrated organizational culture supportive of CALEA Accreditation. * Accreditation assessment demonstrating standards compliance and accreditation process success.

Additionally, the following technical criteria must be met by the agency for consideration:

* Must have a minimum of two previous consecutive accreditation awards. * Must not have conditions or noncompliance issues on most recent past award. * Must not have noncompliance issues, or be recommended for conditions on current assessment. * Current Assessment Report must have limited file maintenance and applied discretion issues. * Current Assessment Report must not have issues involving life, safety, and security standards. * Must not currently be affected by issues that detract from the tenets or goals of accreditation.

The Accreditation with Excellence Award attaches to the agency's Accreditation Award for a period of three years. Agencies must reapply for the award each time they are assessed for reaccreditation.