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CALEA Accreditation


What is Accreditation

The CALEA Accreditation programs provide public safety agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily meet an established set of professional standards, which require:

  • Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities
  • Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions.
  • Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents
  • Community relationship-building and maintenance
  • Independent review by subject matter experts
  • Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures

About the Commission

CALEA is governed by a Commission Board composed of 21 members. By mandate, the board allows for eleven law enforcement practitioners, with the balance selected from the public and private sectors. CALEA maintains a professional staff contingent managed by an executive director. The staff conducts all administrative and operational duties as directed by the Commission.

The purpose of CALEA is to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of professional standards that support the administration of accreditation programs.

CALEA Accreditation succeeds through:

  • Agency Leadership
    • Serves as a resource management tool
    • Establishes trusted processes and best practices
    • Provides a planning framework
    • Encourages organizational growth and improvement
  • Agency Personnel
    • Ensures contemporary equipment and training
    • Promotes sound operational decisions
    • Establishes supportive personnel practices
  • The Community
    • Fosters community awareness
    • Creates organizational transparency
    • Promotes open dialogue and information-sharing

Accreditation Public Comment Portal

The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding our agency's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the us with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

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IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes.  Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.