FWC’s Office of Inspector General seeking statewide accreditation
Monday, March 04, 2013
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is undergoing an assessment by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation to attain state-level accreditation.
An accreditation assessment examines all aspects of OIG’s Internal Investigations Section, including looking at policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.
“The Office of the Inspector General is dedicated to maintaining the FWC’s accountability, efficiency and integrity,” said Mike Troelstrup, FWC Inspector General. “We are excited to participate in this assessment and look for ways to improve our services so we can better respond to issues and concerns about our agency’s practices and policies,” he said.
As part of the assessment, FWC employees and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team. A copy of the accreditation standards is available through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s website at www.flaccreditation.org. People can submit comments at this website, send a letter to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL, 32302 or email email@example.com.
A team of Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation assessors will conduct an on-site assessment of the OIG in April.
To be accredited, the OIG has to comply with 42 standards. All of the standards are mandatory, such as requiring that investigative staff abide by a code of ethics; establishing and following procedures for the release of information to the public (in accordance with Florida Statutes, the Inspector General or designee and other OIG staff); and adhering to strict guidelines when conducting internal investigations of agency members.
The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation’s assessment team will consist of team leader Deputy Inspector General Dean Register of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Deputy Chief Inspector General Dawn Case of the Florida Office of the Chief Inspector General. Once the team of assessors completes its review, it will report back to the full Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, which will then decide if the FWC office is granted accredited status.
Accreditation of the FWC’s Office of Inspector General, if approved, will be for a three-year term.