Key West Police Chief Sean Brandenburg recently accepted re-accreditation from the Orlando Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The commission approved recommendations to renew accreditation made by assessors in April.
"I want to congratulate the entire department for having attained re-accreditation," said Police Chief Brandenburg. "I am particularly proud that our department has earned excelsior status, an honor awarded when a department has been reaccredited five times.
"This award recognizes this department's commitment to providing the highest level of law enforcement service to our community and our visitors," continued Brandenburg. "I am proud and honored to lead the professional men and women of the Key West Police Department who embody our core values of respect, integrity, fairness, and service."
Chief Brandenburg gave particular accolades to Lt. Jason Castillo and Accreditation Manager Linda Mack for their hard work on the entire accreditation process.
In April, a team of state assessors spent three days scrutinizing all aspects of the department to ensure it meets the highest level of best practices standards for the state. Accreditation sets a high level of professionalism in a law enforcement agency. It's a voluntary process that allows the department to constantly measure itself based on standards set by its peers across the state. The assessments are conducted every three years, but the process is a daily practice in every officer's career. It allows each to remain familiar with the department's policies and ensures the most professional department possible. Accreditation ensures the community a knowledgeable police department that provides the very best service possible to the community.