March 14, 2018                                                                                                                                 Contact:  Chief Lawrence J. Leon

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WEST PALM BEACH:  A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Palm Beach County School District Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Lawrence J. Leon announced today.  School Police has to comply with approximately 260 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through the CFA website and can be located at

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the School Police’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida  32302, or email to

The Accreditation Program Manager for School Police is Detective K. Clark.  He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Deputy Will Stone from Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.  Other team members are Lieutenant Mike O’Reilly from Naples Police Department and Officer Jennifer DiMatteo-Bennett from the Port St. Lucie Police Department.

Once the Commission’s 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.  School Police’s accreditation is for 3 years.  Verification by the team that School Police meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Lawrence J. Leon said.


Fingerprint/Badge Renewal Payment Option Update:

Effective March 1, 2018 we will no longer be accepting any personal checks.

We will continue to accept business and school checks.

Please be prepared to bring a money order or a debit/credit card for payment.

You may also pre-pay online 24 hours in advance. You will need to bring a copy of the receipt with you as proof of payment.

Regular employees may still elect to pay through payroll deduction.

For more information please visit our fingerprint and badge renewal page.

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