MONROE [NC] — When I interviewed for the police chief’s position in 2006, then City Manager Craig Meadows gave me a list of things that he wanted the police department to accomplish. At the top of the list was to get the police department nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA. Read more.
At its 2013 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) presented its highest honor, the Leadership Award, to Charlie Deane, who recently retired as Chief of Police in Prince William County, VA. Chief Deane led the CALEA TRI-ARC awarded Prince William County (VA) Police Department from 1988 until his retirement in September 2012. PERF’s Leadership Award is presented ann
We recently attended the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) spring conference in Charleston, S.C. Their purpose is “to develop professional standards and establish a process that would recognize excellence”. CALEA® was celebrating their 100th conference—quite a milestone.
BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Police earned the approval of the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Authorities (CALEA), becoming the only police department in Erie County and one of five in the state to receive national accreditation. Read more.
Chief Ray Johnson, of the Chesterfield Police Department, was named to serve as chairman of the Greater St. Louis Area Major Case Squad. The Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis was formed in 1965 and has been one of the longest standing collaborations of professional law enforcement agencies in the nation. The Major Case Squad is comprised of approximately 500 highly trained Criminal Homicide Investigators from the 13 county region of the St. Louis metropolitan area, encompassing St. Louis County, St.
ARNOLD - Anne Arundel Community College’s Department of Public Safety recently gained an accreditation. The agency became the country's first college or university department with nonsworn officers to get the designation from the new Campus Security Accreditation Program of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc., or CALEA. Read more.
COLUMBIA, Mo. –The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) has awarded the University of Missouri Police Department with the “Accreditation with Excellence” award. This is the fifth time that the department has received accreditation by CALEA and the first time the department has been awarded with the Accreditation with Excellence Award.
“We are extremely proud of the work that our police department does to keep our campus safe,” MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said.
He's made his mark - literally and figuratively - on the Southern Pines Police Department, and now Chief John Letteney is off to the Raleigh suburb of Apex [NC] to take the top law enforcement position there.
Letteney, 51, who has more than 30 years in law enforcement, is resigning after seven years in Southern Pines as chief. He replaces Jack Lewis, who announced his retirement after a 37-year career in law enforcement earlier this summer. Read more.
WEST TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie this evening praised the efforts of State Police troopers and other first responders on the ground across New Jersey who have been so busy working around the clock they’ve had little time to talk about what they’ve done. Read more.
ENON, OH—A retiring German Twp., Montgomery County, police chief was sworn in as Enon’s new chief Tuesday after council unanimously approved his appointment.
W. Lewis Wilcox, whose last day with the German Twp. police department is today, said he plans to continue several department advances started by interim Chief Stephen Walker, including gaining CALEA accreditation. He will begin his job in Enon on Nov.
From the headquarters of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in Virginia, Dennis Hyater makes his point by asking questions. "Would you go to a nonaccredited college?" asked Hyater, the CALEA regional program manager for states including Tennessee and Mississippi. "I don't think you would." ...
The law enforcement arm of the sheriff's office is accredited by CALEA. The men's and women's jails run by the sheriff's office are accredited by the American Correctional Association's Commission on Accreditation for Corrections.
MADISON, CT — A few years ago, mention of the town’s Police Department was often met with a joke about lobsters or prostitutes.
The jokes referenced high-profile scandals that rocked the department beginning in 2007, including an officer stealing pricey seafood and another mingling with prostitutes.
Now, two years after Chief John “Jack” Drumm took over, the department has cleaned up its image and is working toward accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. or CALEA, a distinction of excellence earned by few departments.
Fayetteville Police Chief Steve Heaton has worked with and been an member of the Georgia Police Chiefs Association (GAPC) for years. He was recently elected as the GAPC 4th Vice President and was sworn in last month. Read more.
CLEVELAND – The Campus Police and Security Services department at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) has received full accreditation status from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®). Tri-C is the first community college in Ohio and the only community college in the nation to have the honor. The official announcement came July 21 at a banquet in Scottsdale, Ariz. Read more.
The Lafourche Parish [LA] Sheriff’s Office is attempting to maintain its accredited status and all the benefits that it entails. “It is the smartest investment any agency can make,” Sheriff Craig Webre said. “The true value is that we’re following the established best practices in the country, and it’s a real source of pride.
In support of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the US Department of Justice has recently released standards of care for detainees in local lockups to help prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement. The IACP is working to help law enforcement leaders with lockups to better understand the PREA standards.
City of Covington [GA] Public Safety Director Stacey Cotton has been named Outstanding Chief of the Year by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. The award was presented Tuesday night at the GACP banquet.
For five years now, Polk State’s Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety has belonged to an elite group of law-enforcement training academies — those that have made meticulous improvements and passed rigorous inspections, all to receive a coveted, internationally recognized accreditation. Read more.
The Coral Gables Police Department has received the highest level of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The Gables’ 180-member force received the CALEA Accreditation with Excellence for completing its sixth re-accreditation cycle for having completed 15 years of continuous accreditation from the organization. Read more.
Ray Johnson used an analogy to relate the importance of law enforcement agencies excelling in all that they do. It was simple really. If a person is hungry and goes to a restaurant to eat, but they don’t like the service or the food is substandard, they don’t have to go back. That person can next time locate a restaurant with better standards. Johnson, who is a commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, said residents within a law enforcement jurisdiction don’t have the option of choice.
The police department of Charleston, S.C., is testing predictive analytics software from IBM as a way of predetermining where robberies and other crimes are likely to occur, then dispatching officers to those locations as a preventative measure. Read more. >
Rock County [WI] Communications Center Director David Sleeter will retire July 16. Sleeter has been in charge of the Rock County Communications Center for more than 17 years, County Administrator Craig Knutson said in a news release.
With spring term coming to an end, it’s hard to believe that we’ve only received one DrexelALERT from Drexel Public Safety in these past nine weeks. That’s right, one — and it was about a faulty bomb threat that ultimately amounted to nothing. Yes, we found ourselves pleasantly surprised, too, but we know that Drexel’s commitment to public safety had to be a big chunk of the reason for the decrease in crime. Read more.
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Savannah Mayor-Council were officially presented certification of accreditation for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department today by the president of the organization that judges professionalism of police departments.
Louis M. Dekmar, president of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) presented the certification at today’s regular meeting.
City officials in Sanford, Fla., are hoping that their new interim police chief will be able to accomplish for them what he did when he headed the Plymouth Police Department in Michigan. Richard Myers, 57, began work Friday as head of the central Florida police department that has been the focus of national attention and controversy for how it handled the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26. Read more.
Sanford, Florida, city officials have chosen a former Colorado police chief as an interim replacement for the top cop who stepped aside during the furor over February's killing of an unarmed teen. Richard Myers, the former police chief in Colorado Springs, will take office in Sanford at the end of the week, the city government announced Tuesday.
The Harlingen Police Department is on its way to becoming the first Rio Grande Valley law enforcement agency to be accredited by a nationally recognized law enforcement program.
During the summer of 2011, the City Commission voted to hire HPD’s new chief, Tom Whitten. And one of the first things Whitten did was get HPD enrolled in the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA. Read more.
It was July 3 and Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong was at home with his family when he received the phone call every police chief dreads. Officer Timothy Warren had been shot and killed at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown. Read more.
The Memphis (TN) Police Department has been CALEA Law Enforcement Accredited since July 2007.
The city police department has been able to do more with less. That was the consensus Monday at a public hearing in which residents could offer their opinions about the department. The hearing was part of the department's efforts to retain accreditation, a national recognition of excellence lasting three years. Read more.
When Mississippi State University prepares for major events, university police Lt. Kenneth Rogers relies on his planning, years of experience and other officers' insights to help keep the area safe. Read more.
A public hearing Monday night at the Law Enforcement Center is just one of the many steps in the reaccreditation process for the Topeka [KS] Police Department.
Two consultants for the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. arrived in Topeka this weekend to review the department’s policies and procedures, interview staff members, conduct ride alongs with officers and speak with the public. It is part of the Topeka Police Department’s reaccreditation process, which takes place every three years.
In the fall of 2007, the Mauldin Police Department committed itself to seeking accredited status through the Commission. The Chief of Police, M. Bryan Turner, designated Captain Roger Tripp as the Law Enforcement Accreditation Manager for the project. The standards for accreditation impact officer and public safety, address high liability/risk management issues, and generally promote operational efficiency throughout the agency. Read more.
It was a brief moment during a somewhat lengthy news conference. Richard Barta choked up while making his earlier-than-anticipated retirement announcement Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Center. Read more.
After providing over 450 standards that it has met, being subjected to an on-site visit and a lengthy interview process, the Dyersburg Police Department was reaccredited through CALEA for another three-year period on Friday, March 24 at the agency's conference held in Mobile, Ala. Chief Art Heun and Reaccreditation Manager Sgt. Kenny Jowers were informed of the reaccreditation at the conclusion of the conference, ending a long and time-consuming process for the DPD. Read more.
“CALEA is probably the most important program we have going on right now,” he said. “They assess your policies, procedures and facilities — they look at everything to bring you up to the national standard for law enforcement.” Read more.
In Colorado, just one emergency communications system — the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office dispatch center — has met the tough standards of The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, what Colorado Department of Public Safety spokesman Lance Clem calls "the Rolls Royce of accreditation." Read more.
When the University of Tennessee Police Department went through the process of being accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies in 2009, Interim Chief Debbie Perry said it made UTPD better. Read more.
The Northeast Counterdrug Training Center, headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, Lebanon County, recently received its third accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Read more.
It didn't happen overnight, but law enforcement accreditation has become a part of the culture at Aiken Public Safety, and the men and women who work there can now boast an added distinction. Read more.
Aurora, CO - It isn’t often that managers can look to law enforcement for clues on how to more effectively do their work. But police are delivering an important lesson on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) by utilizing geospatial predictive analysis to find meth labs before criminals establish them. Read more
King County [WA] Sheriff Sue Rahr announced Wednesday that she will officially resign her post effective March 31 and has accepted a leadership position at the state's police academy, according to a press release. More
In March, the Taylor Mill Police Department received its third five-year Certificate of Accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police, and is also one of only two police agencies in the state to hold international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. More
While officials in Hinsdale and Clarendon Hills say they are determined to consolidate the villages’ two police departments, there are considerably more questions than answers about turning that idea into reality. More
Eatontown (NJ) Police Department runs a tight ship, and now, it have something to prove it. Recently Chief Michael Goldfarb accepted from Borough Council the official certificate of accreditation that his department worked two years to achieve. Read more
The Butler [NJ] Police Department was honored last Tuesday by state and county officials for having received both state and national accreditations, which Police Chief Edward Card said now ensures that the department is using the "very best practices" drawn from law-enforcement agencies around the country when serving the borough. Read More
Barnegat [NJ] police say the number of traffic accidents in the township dropped by 8 percent in 2011, and they’re crediting new stringent guidelines put in place in recent years as part of the department's efforts to gain national accreditation. Read More
Arthur Pierce retired in 2010 as the Oneida Indian Nation’s public safety commissioner after building the nation’s police department into an organization recognized as a top law enforcement agency. A year and a half later, he is back at the department with the new title of superintendent of nation police. Read More
The 9-1-1 Citizen’s Academy is a training opportunity for persons interested in a public safety dispatching career or community minded people who live or work in King County [WA]. As a CALEA Nationally Accredited Communications Center we strive to improve our relationship with our communities. This academy is designed to meet that goal. Read More
The Police Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms app is designed specifically for law enforcement officers to aid with processing recovered firearms while in the field and can be downloaded for free. Read More
Elon University and the City of Burlington (NC) Police Department are teaming up for a triennial citizen satisfaction survey. Elon students in a public administration senior seminar partnered with the police department for the 2009 survey, but this year, Adam Short, public administration and political science lecturer, will be analyzing the data with his policy analysis and program evaluation class. Read More
LOMBARD, Illinois—The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc. confirmed the Lombard Police Department's sixth re-accredited status at a full commission meeting held in November during the national CALEA conference in Colorado. Read More
To promote law enforcement professionalism, the Shrewsbury Police Department applied and received a check in the amount of $1,000 to support its efforts for reaccreditation with the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Read More
Sometime in March, Wilmette (IL) Police Department officials should learn whether the department has once again won accreditation from an international law enforcement agency that sets professionalism standards for its members. Read More
The Windsor Locks Police Department is actively looking to the future with the recent conditional offering of the police chief position to Thomas Fowler, a deputy chief in the Branford Police Department. Read More
The [University of Pennsylvania's] DPS has ranked first in safety and security in the higher education sector for the fifth year in a row, according to Security’s “Security 500 list” last November.Read More
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, a CALEA Law Enforcement Accredited agency since 1994 and a recent CALEA TRI-ARC Excellence Award winner, "... handled the lowest number of murder investigations in 45 years in 2011, and leaders say building better relationships with residents may be a factor". Read More
It was a day of celebration for Floyd County Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and his staff as the department officially received its plaque of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies at the Floyd County Commission meeting Tuesday. Read More
The Wilmington, North Carolina City Council on Tuesday recognized two officers for spearheading efforts to bring the police department into compliance with internationally-recognized standards for delivering public safety services. Read more
A recent news report from Colorado provides a real-life illustration of a little-discussed off-duty problem that a southern police chief spoke about at the IACP’s annual conference last fall. Read More
City police are embarking on a $10,000 quest to receive national accreditation, a distinction designed to increase credibility, reduce exposure to liability and improve the delivery of public safety services. Read More
The Arlington Heights Police Department has been awarded, for its second time, the “Accreditation with Excellence Award,” given by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).Read More...
“The Accreditation Process provides the best and the most credible roadmap for any law enforcement agency in pursuit of professional excellence. It will be the benchmark for policing in the twenty-first century.” Lafourche Parish (LA) Sheriff’s Office has been CALEA Accredited since 2000.
“CALEA Accreditation inspires public confidence in our agency, as well as assures that our department is up-to-date on police initiatives and administrative practices. Among the areas of particular importance addressed by CALEA, are the delivery of services to our citizens and the emphasis on inter-agency cooperation. CALEA provides a means of checks and balances that confirms the successful tactics we have in place.” Miami PD has been CALEA Accredited since 2003.
"The new two person on-site was fantastic. The interaction that occurred between the team and the community along with members of the agency made it easier for all to accept accreditation and to share what it meant to them. Accreditation makes it easier for the Sheriff's Office to provide better service to the citizens in our community."
"Through improved policies and procedures, both the police department and the Communications Division were better able to serve the community and its members. There is a trust between the community and the members of the department because we are responsive to them and the needs of the community. Standards mean trust."
"From start to finish, it's the change in process that is most obvious when working with CALEA. This change offers agencies the opportunity for improved transparency and delivery of services to the communities served. I would tell any chief that if he/she steps up to the table, the end result will be a better department for both members and citizens alike."
"CALEA Accreditation gave our personnel a focus and direction with specific and measurable goals. Self assessment is invaluable and on many occasions we found more efficient ways to discharge our duties, providing contemporary and professional law enforcement services."
"CALEA Accreditation has proven itself time and time again...and the respect and support generated within our community for our services have been positively impacted by the program, making us a truly professional agency."
“Accreditation helps us make our law enforcement management systems work smoothly. It assists us with developing our employees and provides police officers with a superior foundation and enables them to provide outstanding services to the community. I am proud of the men and women of the Avon Police Department for providing that superior level of service to our community.”
“The key to CALEA Accreditation is peer review of our policies, procedures and practices. This promotes professional excellence as we strive to be our very best. The process results in a total team effort that contributes positively to any agency’s effectiveness and ability to solve problems and deliver services. We have bought into this process since the early 1990’s and remain committed. I look forward to many years as a CALEA Accredited agency.”
"CALEA Accreditation has prompted the Corpus Christi (TX) Police Department to closely scrutinize the policies and procedures governing the way we do business. Many policies have been updated/altered/initiated because of the influence of CALEA. Working closely with the city Legal Department and the city Human Resources Department, we are confident that we can better withstand the scrutiny of lawsuits and grievances and at the same time offer our employees a fair and consistent work environment."
"The assessors did an excellent job of providing feedback to my agency on our performance. In today’s environment with an economic downturn this is not the time to think about giving up accreditation; it is even more important to retain accreditation as the CALEA process represents our roadway to professionalism."
"Although the CALEA process is institutionalized with my agency, we learn something about our agency each time we have a CALEA assessment. Our employees have an understanding of their duties that comes with adhering to standards over the years."
"I would not send my kids to a school or a hospital that was not accredited, and I think the citizens of Columbia County deserve the professional delivery of services by my office that is embodied by the CALEA standards."
"The CALEA Campus Security Accreditation Program provides an opportunity for college and university non-sworn agencies to become more professional and respected by their administration, students, faculty, staff and surrounding law enforcement departments."
"Had it not been for CALEA we would not have been as organized or able to adapt and respond to the floods. CALEA was responsible for enabling the Munster Police Department to respond. I hope agencies realize that in difficult times CALEA can be the lifeline."
"First and foremost, the standards represent what are considered to be good business practices for training academies. It is not a one-time temporary process. It is the way the agency has been and will continue to do business. A highly prized recognition of professionalism and excellence."
“With the CALEA-based blueprint in place, we now have a means to continually develop, review and adjust our efforts to meet the best practices and standards in the industry. We will continue to partner with CALEA and other accredited agencies to meet the dynamic changes of our profession and the needs of our growing community.”
"Our department has been in the accreditation business for over twenty-six years. While it was very challenging in the beginning, it has now become a part of our daily lives. Today, 93% of our officers and employees began their career with a nationally accredited department. Meeting the standards is no longer a challenge but an invitation for new ways to improve existing processes. We consider it an honor to be a long standing member of the CALEA family."
"The City of Keller, Texas residents approved a 15 Year Crime Control and Prevention Sales Tax dedicated to the Keller Police Department and one of the expenditure requirements was to continue to fund the CALEA Accreditation program. The taxpayers noted the improvements in the overall management and performance in their police department since the department received the initial award in 2006."
"When our agency was at a strategic inflection point, we first used CALEA Recognition and then Accreditation as the tool to turn things around. Simply, we had to change, and that change had to be significant and done in a timely fashion. We used the CALEA Standards to guide us as we made changes in practice, procedures and policies."
"Let me just briefly give you a broader municipal perspective of how we value and utilize our CALEA accredited status: CALEA Accreditation helps our risk management efforts and is an important part of our group insurance rating and, conversely, our costs. Being CALEA accredited also helps our bond rating. It is a rating we share with only 5% of cities in the United States. Moody’s loves CALEA Standards and so do our bond holders. Accreditation is an important part of our recruiting package for economic development; it makes a strong statement about our community and its values.