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Professional Standards Division

The Professional Standards Division is responsible for the Recruiting and Selection of Police Personnel, Training of Police Personnel, Florida Accreditation Process, and the Supply function of the Maitland Police Department.

The Recruiting and Selection element of the division is to interest perspective applicants to want to be employed by the Maitland Police Department. This entails traveling to various academies and by referrals from other law enforcement officers or agencies to find qualified applicants. The police department?s selection process helps to employ the best candidate for the various positions.

The Training Division is responsible for providing training within the department to train the employees on current laws and other aspects, which will further enhance their abilities to interpret and enforce the laws. This division will also arrange the training of officers who have to travel to various locations to further enhance their professional knowledge and training.

The Accreditation Process is an on going and changing process to better enhance the way the police department sets its goals and objectives.

The benefits to the community where the Agency is accredited are as follows: Accreditation increases the law enforcement agency's ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased. Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public. Accreditation creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.

The benefits to the chief and the departments are as follows: Increases cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other branches of the criminal justice system. The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency's organization, management, operations, and administration to include:

  • Establishment of agency goals and objectives with provisions for periodic updating;
  • Re-evaluation of whether agency resources are being used in accord with agency goals, objectives, and mission;
  • Re-evaluation of agency policies and procedures, especially as documented in the agency's written directive system;
  • Correction of internal deficiencies and inefficiencies before they become public problems;
  • The opportunity to re-organize without the appearance of personal attacks.

The accreditation standards provide norms against which agency performance can be measured and monitored over time. Accreditation provides the agency with a continuous flow of Commission distributed information about exemplary policies, procedures, and projects. Accreditation provides objective measures to justify decisions related to budget requests and personnel policies. Accreditation serves as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of the agency's programs and services. The services provided are defined, and uniformity of service is assured. Accreditation streamlines operations, providing more consistency and more effective deployment of agency manpower.

The Quartermaster is responsible for outfitting an officer with the items needed to perform the various duties and requirements of the job. The Quartermaster also obtains supplies for the patrol vehicles, SWAT team, boat officers, and any other items need to assist the agency obtain the goals as set by the Chief of Police.

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