PHOTO:  CALEA Seal.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

PHOTO:  CALEA Seal.  (Photo Courtesy of Cape Coral Police Department)

Public Affairs Office
1100 Cultural Park Boulevard
Cape Coral, FL 33990
(239) 242-3341




(July 21, 2014)-  A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), will arrive on Sunday, August 10, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Cape Coral Police Department’s policies, procedures, management and operations, Chief Connelly announced today. Verification by the team that the Police Department has maintained the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to comply with accreditation best practices and demonstrate commitment to professional excellence.  As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a call-in session.

Anyone wishing to offer comments to the Assessment Team can call 239-574-0503 on Monday, August 11, 2014, between the hours of 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Telephone comments are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address the Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. 

A Public Hearing will take place at the Cape Coral Yacht Club Ballroom located at 5819 Driftwood Pkwy, Cape Coral, FL 33904 on Monday, August 11, 2014, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Comments at the Public Hearing will also be limited to ten (10) minutes. Standards relating to Law Enforcement Accreditation can be viewed at Police Department headquarters, at 1100 Cultural Boulevard.  The local contact is Accreditation Manager Paula Fox.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Police Department’s ability to meet standards for accreditation is requested to write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155. Inquiries regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., can be forwarded to the Commission at the same address. Information about CALEA can be obtained at the CALEA website:; or by calling 1-703-352-4225. 

The Police Department has to demonstrate continued compliance with 482 standards in order to maintain accredited status. The Police Department is thoroughly committed to constant and consistent service improvement to citizens and visitors. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Accreditation program, standards, systems and processes, offers a unique opportunity to obtain the professional perspective from external assessors with proven management experience and track records in Law Enforcement practice. The Commission’s perspective is an important part of the Department’s continuous improvement process. 

The assessors are Captain Jeffery Pierce from the Oklahoma City (OK) Police Department and First Sergeant Drew Hunter of the Prince William County (VA) Police Department. Both are professional public safety/police practitioners.  Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, review practices and visit areas where compliance with standards is witnessed. After a comprehensive review of accreditation standards, assessors report back to CALEA Commissioners; who decide whether full re-accredited status is granted to the Police Department. Once re-certification is achieved, re-accredited status is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards.