Sarasota Police Department Awarded Accreditation Status

SARASOTA, FL. – June 27, 2017   – 1 p.m.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), in conjunction with the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition (FLA-PAC), met last Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando and awarded the Sarasota Police Department with accreditation status.  This status will stay in good standing with CFA for the next three years.

Video of the accreditation ceremony in Orlando and video today’s news conference can be found on the Sarasota Police Department YouTube page at

In March 2017, a team of assessors from CFA conducted a thorough on-site assessment of the Sarasota Police Department.  They examined all aspects of policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.  CFA assessors found the agency in compliance with 238 standards.  Assessors found no out of compliance issues or corrective actions that needed to be taken.  Several photos of the visit from March are below.

In June 2014, Chief Bernadette DiPino voluntarily withdrew from the accreditation process after learning several policy reviews and updates did not occur dating back to 2012.  Accreditation is a voluntary process and is not mandatory for law enforcement agencies.  Since 2014, Sarasota Police Department Accreditation Manager Cheryl Houpt worked diligently to review written materials and update policies, many of which are critical to life, health and safety issues.

“This is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” said Chief DiPino.  “We have a strong commitment to the high standards, best practices and full compliance set forth by the CFA.  We’re proud of this and our goal is to keep this status in years to come.”

In their final assessment report, the CFA accreditation team wrote, “Agency members provided excellent answers and observations during interviews, the accreditation files were well-prepared and the agency is well-recognized for its innovative approach to many partnerships.”