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Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud Invites Public Comment During Reaccreditation Process


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of Insurance Fraud is inviting public comment as the division proceeds through its reaccreditation process. Accreditation is a certification issued by an independent reviewing authority confirming that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards of excellence. The Division of Insurance Fraud became accredited in February 2009 and was awarded reaccreditation in June 2012.
The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CFA) is the accrediting body for law enforcement agencies in the state of Florida. Accreditation requires consistency, transparency and accountability, that is confirmed through an on-site assessment. To ensure compliance with accreditation standards, assessors review written materials, interview agency members and observe issued equipment and facilities.
On April 7-9, 2015, three assessors will confirm the Division of Insurance Fraud’s compliance with nearly 260 CFA accreditation standards at headquarters, which are located in Tallahassee, Florida. The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from various law enforcement agencies across Florida. The team leader is Special Agent Tim Elder of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, along with assessors Master Police Officer Eric Wels of the Altamonte Springs Police Department and Deputy Will Stone of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.  As part of the on-site visit process, assessors will also visit the division’s offices in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami. This assessment team includes Chief Michelle Cook of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Patty Stanton of the Temple Terrace Police Department and Ms. Ana Guerra of the Key Biscayne Police Department.
To become reaccredited would reaffirm the division’s continued commitment to professional excellence and would increase the division's ability to fulfill its mission of serving and safeguarding the public and businesses operating in the state of Florida against acts of insurance fraud.
Comments about the Division of Insurance Fraud’s compliance with the CFA standards can be sent to The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement. Letters may be submitted to: CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302. Email correspondence may be forwarded to: For further information or for a copy of the CFA standards please contact Lieutenant Tim Hartley, Accreditation Manager at (850) 413-3115.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).