Law Enforcement Program: Eligibility Criteria
The Commission takes care to maintain the integrity and professionalism of its accreditation and other programs. To that end, eligibility criteria have been established to promote a consistent application of programming for clients and to ensure the continued value of programs across the public safety community. In all cases, the Commission will serve as the final authority in determining the eligibility of agencies to participate in its accreditation or other programs.
Law enforcement agencies that are eligible to participate in CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation and Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Programs are defined as those having legal authority to perform law enforcement functions and whose eligibility is verified by the Commission. More specifically, eligible law enforcement agencies are defined as:
(1) A legally constituted governmental entity having mandated responsibilities to enforce laws and having personnel with general or special law enforcement powers. These include but are not limited to:
- State Police
- State Highway Patrol
- State Department of Law Enforcement
- County Law Enforcement
- Sheriff’s Department
- Municipal Law Enforcement
- Federal Law Enforcement
- Specialized Law Enforcement (e.g., University, Transit, Port Authority, Park, Fish and Game, or Housing)
(2) Agencies providing law enforcement services whose eligibility is verified by the Commission.
*Note - campus organizations that employ non sworn security exclusively are eligible to participate in the CALEA Campus Security Accreditation Program.