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11:17 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- The Orange Park Police Department no longer has an accredited police department after the department missed a re-application deadline in March 2011.

To be accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, you have meet more than 250 standards that include life, health and safety issues like internal audits and evidence functions.

"How often training should be performed, what type of training so it gives them a blue print to follow and I hate to say but based on best practices," Lori Mizell, Executive Director Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation Inc.

According to the commission, Orange Park P.D., which was first accredited back in June of 2011, has not re-applied or gone through the 24-month assessment.

City Councilman Gary Meeks said a lack of staff is part of the reason for the lapse in accreditation adding that the record keeping for the process takes at least one full-time employee.

"If an agency is not performing those functions any longer or does not have the proof necessary to continue that process. Typically, if that's the case we will get a letter from the agency stat that, and we don't have any kind of documents from Orange Park," said Lori Mizell.

First Coast News reached out to the Orange Park Police Department and have been told the Chief Gary Goble is the only one who will speak to the topic. We have not received a response yet.

First Coast News

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