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Mastering Accreditation Standards - A Guide For Law Enforcement Accreditation

Over 100 departments statewide utilize the resources offered by the Accreditation Academy®.

The path to streamline your accreditation journey.


A game-changer in the world of compliance

The Accreditation Academy® offers the latest in innovation - the Proof Bank! It is an unprecedented repository of example proofs of compliance for every standard for various accreditation disciplines, with more being added. These are exemplary proofs from agencies that have earned the coveted Excelsior status for over two decades. Don't miss out on this opportunity to revolutionize your compliance efforts. The Proof Bank is your key to excellence and success.


Scope of Services

Free Subscription

Helpful tips

Quick how-to Reminders

Weekly updates

Email notifications

Paid Subscription

Example proofs of compliance from excelsior accredited agencies for EVERY standard.

Online training for every step of the accreditation process.

Forms and templates, plus helpful tips emailed weekly.

Plug & Play

File Structure

Import directly into PowerDMS

Pre-built file structure

Placeholder documents for every proofs of compliance

Free training on how to implement

VIP Service

A Done-For-You service

Total build/rebuild of accreditation files Create a cloud-based filing system Virtual training for staff.

A one-month and six-month, 30-minute follow-up virtual session for questions or clarification

Deliverables include a copy of any session recordings.

Customized playbook for the system implemented.

Optional extras:

In-person training

Create tasks and customize reporting

Set up automations

About The Founder

The founder of the Accreditation Academy®, Areaka Jewell, brings a wealth of experience and expertise in law enforcement accreditation. Areaka began her career with the Key West Police Department in 2002, gaining extensive experience in uniformed patrol, special operations, the training unit, accreditation, and information services. She retired as a lieutenant in 2018, after which she relocated to Sarasota to embark on a second career.

Areaka is a prominent figure in the field of law enforcement accreditation. As a team leader for law enforcement assessments with the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA), she has participated in numerous assessments for various agencies. She holds prestigious certifications as a Certified Accreditation Professional (CAP) and a Certified PowerDMS Professional (CPP).

At Accreditation Academy®, Areaka leverages her extensive knowledge and hands-on experience to guide agencies through the accreditation process, ensuring compliance with state and national standards. Her dedication to excellence in law enforcement training and accreditation is unmatched.

In her personal life, Areaka enjoys cross-country road trips with her family and engaging in do-it-yourself projects at home. Her passion for continuous improvement and service extends from her professional endeavors to her personal hobbies.

What is accreditation?

The certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Accreditation is a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in a given field.

Who is the accrediting authority for criminal justice entities?

Law enforcement agencies and Inspectors General in Florida can attain accredited status through the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. Correctional facilities and agencies with pretrial responsibilities can achieve accredited status through the Florida Corrections Accreditation Commission, Inc.

Is accreditation mandatory for criminal justice entities?

No, currently the accreditation process is voluntary for criminal justice entities seeking accredited status.

What is the benefit of being accredited?

Among many benefits, accreditation provides a blueprint for building an agency committed to providing value-based services through accountability and transparency to the communities it serves.

How does a criminal justice entity become accredited?

  • The agency must apply to their respective accrediting authority to participate in the accreditation process.

  • The agency will be required to demonstrate compliance with all applicable mandatory standards and if allowed, not less than a percentage of applicable non-mandatory standards.

  • Proof of compliance with the standards is determined by an assessment team sent by the Commission, conducting a formal review of the agency's policies, procedures and practices.

  • Assistance is available from the Commission in the form of sample policies, consultation with accredited agencies, and informal peer evaluation.

  • Agencies remain accredited for a period of three years. After the three year period, they must be reaccredited.

What is Content Hub?

Content Hub is a PowerDMS site that is able to publish content to other PowerDMS users when they subscribe. The Accreditation Academy™ Content Hub is one such example.

Is there support available for users experiencing technical issues with Content Hub?

Yes, the platform provides technical support to assist users with any issues or queries related to accessing and navigating the content.

Is the content updated regularly to reflect changes in accreditation standards, laws and regulations?

Yes, the content in the Accreditation Academy™ Content Hub is regularly updated to incorporate the latest changes in accreditation standards, laws, regulations, and best practices in law enforcement.

Is there a cost associated with accessing the Accreditation Academy® Content Hub?

The Accreditation Academy™ offers both free and paid content and the cost may vary depending on the agency’s subscription plan, the number of users, and any additional customized features or content.

Where can I find out more information?

Feel free to contact Areaka directly, to request more information or get answers to additional questions you may have about accreditation.


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