CFA Award Ceremony - 2018

Coconut Creek Police Department Seeks To Earn First State Reaccreditation Recognition

July 22, 2021

Coconut Creek, FL – The Coconut Creek Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of the reaccreditation process from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) from August 24 – 26, 2021. Three CFA assessors will spend three days reviewing policies, interviewing employees, and making sure all CFA protocols are being followed department-wide. “Fewer than half of all law enforcement agencies in the state are CFA certified,” explained Chief of Police Butch Arenal. “A CFA certified agency is a distinction that ensures its community that its police department is meeting or exceeding the highest standards in accountability, transparency, and safety in law enforcement.”

The Coconut Creek Police Department gained initial CFA accreditation in October of 2018. The department will have to demonstrate competency in nearly 240 CFA core standards in order to earn reaccreditation. Many of the standards are essential to officer safety, customer service, and community trust.

As part of the reaccreditation process, the community is invited to offer comments by emailing the Coconut Creek Police Department. Emails can be addressed to pdaccreditation@coconutcreek.net and will be shared with the on-site assessment team. Comments may also be sent directly to the CFA. The organization’s mailing address is: Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, FL, 32302. The CFA also accepts emailed comments at flaccreditation@fdle.state.fl.us.

All community input will be included in the assessment team’s report to the full Commission in order to determine the department’s reaccreditation status. CFA accredited agencies go through this reaccreditation process every three years.

As part of the on-site assessment process, the Coconut Creek Police Department will be conducting a Static Display, which is a display of vehicles, equipment, and personnel that can be reviewed and evaluated by assessors to ensure compliance. Forensic Services, SWAT, K-9, Detectives, Bike Officers, etc. will all be a part of this display. In an effort to involve our Coconut Creek community in this process, members of the community are invited to attend the display, meet the officers, and see their tax dollars at work. The Static Display is scheduled for Wednesday, August 25, 2021 in the courtyard directly in front of the Coconut Creek Government Center [4800 West Copans Road]. The public is invited to attend on that date from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM.

The Coconut Creek Police Department has a diverse workforce with an authorized strength of 118 police officers and 44 civilian members, serving approximately 60,000 residents. The Coconut Creek Police Department is proud to be state accredited through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation [CFA]. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority recognizing professional excellence, and is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a law enforcement agency. Being an accredited agency means the agency meets or exceeds the highest recommended levels in transparency, accountability, and professionalism. CFA outlines 240 benchmarks each agency must meet before becoming accredited. The Coconut Creek Police Department was accredited by CFA in October 2018 after completing a thorough evaluation of the agency’s policies and procedures as well as an inspection of our equipment and overall operational readiness. This initial accreditation is valid for three years and the agency will undergo reassessment in August 2021. Our commitment to accreditation assures that the residents, businesses, and visitors of our city are getting the best possible police services delivered on a daily basis.

The accreditation process provides the following benefits to the agency:

  • A thorough review of the agency’s status and readiness
  • Reinforces the agency’s ability to maintain the highest standard of professional law enforcement services
  • Ensures policies and procedures are documented in writing and are defendable
  • Assurance your agency personnel are trained and functioning according to your policies and procedures
  • Strengthens the agency’s defense against lawsuits and complaints
  • Increases community pride and employee morale through statewide recognition
  • Assures government leaders of the quality of services delivered by their local law enforcement agency
  • A quality work environment for well-trained professionals that aids in retaining and recruiting qualified personnel
  • Professional review of agency operations, personnel practices and training policies

The accreditation process provides the following benefits to the community:

  • Increased confidence in the agency’s ability to deliver quality law enforcement services
  • Improved community and agency interaction
  • Efficient use of law enforcement tax dollars
  • Better trained officers

Sanchia Williams CCPDSanchia WilliamsAccreditation Program Managerswilliams@coconutcreek.net

Sanchia Williams serves as the Accreditation Program Manager for the Coconut Creek Police Department. Sanchia joined the Department with over ten years of professional criminal justice experience and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology from the Florida State University. She began her career with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 2008 as a Criminal Justice Information Technician conducting background checks and determining eligibility for the sale of firearms as directed by federal statute. In 2009 she joined the Florida Department of Corrections where she remained for ten years. Sanchia rose through the ranks within the Florida Department of Corrections serving in multiple administrative and management positions from the Institutional to Regional level. She has over eight year’s supervisory and extensive knowledge of auditing and assessing practices as she ensured accreditation compliance of nine major penal facilities. Sanchia is committed to personal and professional excellence. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated devoted to servant-leadership and advocacy of social change for equality of all mankind. She has also held memberships with the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Corrections Foundation, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE).