Ask any experienced CEO or Accreditation Manager what is the most difficult facet of becoming CALEA accredited and maintaining that status, and a high percentage of answers will include some form of getting the “buy-in” from the rank and file. This step is critical because CALEA accreditation is not just a job for the CEO and/or Accreditation Manager. Successful accreditation and reaccreditation requires an adjustment to the organizational mindset that will invariably affect the work habits of all employees.
A multi-vortex F-5 tornado unexpectedly ripped through my hometown of Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. The tornado’s path of devastation and destruction began on the western edge of town and exited on the east side, tearing a massive hole through the heart of Joplin.
What does it mean to be a professional? Is policing a job or a profession? The label of profession is often applied to a set of specialized skills that are transferable through training and experience.
The Anne Arundel County, Maryland Police Department has been CALEA® accredited since July 1994, and it continually strives to improve upon its delivery of professional and efficient law enforcement services.
The Fall 2011 CALEA Conference at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was a rousing success with the Colorado Springs Police Department once again serving as the host agency with assistance from the Rocky Mountain Accreditation Network. The Host Committee Chairman, Sergeant Darrin Abbink, and Vice-Chairman, Lieutenant Scott Whittington, and the rest of the members did an outstanding job of making sure everyone had a productive and enjoyable conference.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) has been CALEA Law Enforcement Accredited since November 1986; becoming the first CALEA accredited sheriff's office on the western seaboard. Since then Clark County has been joined by many other west coast sheriff and police departments in achieving accreditation. In 2011 the CCSO received its eighth consecutive CALEA award. Sheriff Garry E. Lucas recently noted that the vast majority of CCSO employees have been hired since initial CALEA accreditation. “They have never known a time when our agency wasn't accredited,” he said.
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As indicated by CALEA, the purpose of its Accreditation Programs is “to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.” To complement its compliance with CALEA’s body of internationally accepted standards and to enhance its organizational performance, the Surprise, Arizona Police Department (SPD) is also innovatively applying internationa