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Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant to serve on Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation

Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant was appointed to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) earlier this week.

Bryant’s term will begin on July 1, and she will serve a three-year term with an option of reappointment at the end of it. She is replacing Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings on the commission since Demings did not seek a second term.

Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant appointed to Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation
Marion County Commissioner Kathy Bryant was recently appointed to the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (Photo courtesy of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners)

During the first week of October, Bryant will participate in her first official commission meeting in Sanibel Island.

The 15-person commission, which consists of law enforcement leadership and elected officials from around the state of Florida, also includes Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods.

The CFA lists its mission statement as: “The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation establishes standards, oversees an accreditation program, and awards accreditation to compliant Florida law enforcement agencies. The commission strives to improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to deliver professional public safety services.”

According to the CFA website, the accreditation process is designed to reflect best practices in the area of law enforcement, inspectors general, corrections and pretrial management, administration, operations, and support services. The commission expects agencies to maintain compliance and presumes agencies operate in compliance with their established directives.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Jail are both fully accredited with the CFA, and they were reaccredited in 2021.

Commissioner Bryant is looking forward to serving on the commission.

“The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation is recognized as the premier state law enforcement accreditation program in the United States. Thank you, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, for this exciting opportunity,” said Bryant.