PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS UNIT
The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for the management of the Department's Accreditation process and the revision of Departmental Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's). The unit maintains compliance with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA).
The Accreditation Team is responsible for maintaining the Department's international accredited status, originally awarded in December of 2000. This entails making certain that the Department is completely prepared to successfully meet the challenges of the reaccreditation process. This intricate procedure involves an independent reviewing authority inspecting every aspect of the Police Department for adherence to the rigorous standards set forth by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Ensuring accreditation is the cornerstone for upholding the highest standards of professionalism. The Miami Beach Police Department was re-accredited by the national Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in November 2009, where they were awarded Flagship status, and the state Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation in February 2010.
The Professional Standards Unit also researches, formulates, and makes timely submissions of proposals to local, state, and federal sources for grant funding of Departmental programs. This unit also coordinates and manages all mandated compliance and reporting requirements for all ongoing grants. Through the successful awarding of grants, the Department is able to participate in programs which target a wide array of quality of life initiatives, as well as fund the acquisition of the latest technology and law enforcement equipment.