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CALEA Update Magazine | Issue 106

Discount on Liability Premium Pays for Accreditation.

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Accreditation Works #83 

The Town of Clayton, North Carolina secures insurance via the North Carolina League of      Municipalities (NCLM) and has done so for many years. The Clayton Police Department (a B-size agency of 46 members) was initially CALEA law enforcement accredited in November 2009.

We learned upon our accreditation that the NCLM grants a 20% discount on the premium for Police Professional Liability coverage once a law enforcement agency is accredited by CALEA. The amount of savings grows as the size of the police force increases. Clayton is a growing suburban municipality and the department expects to realize significant growth in the future, which will increase savings as well. Presently, the cost savings in liability coverage for the Town of Clayton attributable to CALEA accreditation is about $3,700 per year.

Considering that our discount for the three-year accreditation period totals approximately $11,100 and the CALEA fees for the same period is $10,400, it is clear that being CALEA accredited is not only cost neutral, but actually saves money. This is quite significant in such lean economic times.  Additionally, further savings are expected as our Police Professional Liability coverage may be further discounted since our multi-year loss history has been declining since our department became accredited by CALEA.

We learned upon our accreditation that the NCLM grants a 20% discount on the premium for Police Professional Liability coverage once a law enforcement agency is accredited by CALEA. The amount of savings grows as the size of the police force increases. Clayton is a growing suburban municipality and the department expects to realize significant growth in the future, which will increase savings as well. Presently, the cost savings in liability coverage for the Town of Clayton attributable to CALEA accreditation is about $3,700 per year.

Considering that our discount for the three-year accreditation period totals approximately $11,100 and the CALEA fees for the same period is $10,400, it is clear that being CALEA accredited is not only cost neutral, but actually saves money. This is quite significant in such lean economic times.  Additionally, further savings are expected as our Police Professional Liability coverage may be further discounted since our multi-year loss history has been declining since our department became accredited by CALEA.

Author
Glen B. Allen
Chief of Police
Clayton (NC) Police Department
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