Florida Anticipates Accreditation for State’s Insurance Fraud Unit

January 20, 2009

A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive Wednesday, Jan. 21, to examine all aspects of the Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Insurance Fraud’s (FDFS/DIF) policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, for the purpose of accreditation.

The Division of Insurance Fraud has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.

“Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, and we are excited to achieve this noteworthy status,” said Colonel Vicki Cutcliffe.

The Accreditation Manager for FDFS/DIF is Captain Robert Brongel. The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from Florida law enforcement agencies. These assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status. Accreditation is for three years.

Verification by the team that the division meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation.

Source: Florida Department of Financial Services

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