CALEA’s primary program is Law Enforcement Accreditation. Key to this program is the Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies manual. The current standards address nine major law enforcement subjects: (1) role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; (2) organization, management, and administration; (3) personnel structure; (4) personnel process; (5) law enforcement operations; (6) operations support; (7) traffic operations; (8) detainee and court-related services; and (9) auxiliary and technical services. Learn more.
The Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program was developed in 1999 by CALEA, with the participation and technical support of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials – International, Inc. (APCO International). This accreditation program allows stand-alone communications centers or communications units within other public safety organizations such as law enforcement, fire, or EMS agencies to voluntarily participate in a credentialing program that promotes public safety communications services and recognizes professional excellence. The program standards cover seven topic areas: (1) organization; (2) direction and supervision; (3) human resources; (4) recruitment, selection, and promotion; (5) training; (6) operations; and (7) critical incidents, special operations, and homeland security. Learn more.
The Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program was developed in 2002 to establish guidelines in the form of standards that promote superior public safety training, develop a voluntary process that permits academies to demonstrate they meet the standards, and recognize professional excellence. The program’s standards were derived from the best practices of professional public safety training agencies and institutions, and do not conflict with any national or state Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) authorities or other training authorities. The program standards cover nine topic areas: (1) credentialing; (2) organization; (3) direction and authority; (4) human resources; (5) recruitment, selection, employment, and promotion; (6) instructional systems; (7) training administration; (8) instructors; and (9) students. Learn more.
The CALEA Campus Security Accreditation Program was developed in 2010 and the respective standards manual was released in 2011. The program is specifically designed to deliver a professional development resource for security organizations providing services in the educational environment. The program covers seven key topical areas: (1) organization, management and administration; (2) direction and supervision; (3) human resources and personnel process; (4) training and career development; (5) critical incidents, special operations and homeland security; (6) traffic operations; and (7) technical services and contractual agreements. Learn more.
CALEA Agency Support Program (CASP) The CASP was created for the purpose of awarding financial assistance to smaller law enforcement, public safety communications, public safety training, and campus security agencies seeking initial accreditation, which would not otherwise be able to do so. Learn more.