Announcement from CALEA® Executive Director Sylvester Daughtry, Jr.
Friends and Fellow Professionals:
I have given notice to the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) of my decision to retire as Executive Director at the end of 2013. At that time I will have served 15 years as the Executive Director, nine years as a Commissioner (three of the nine as Chairperson/President) and three years as an assessor. My career with CALEA has been a very rewarding experience and provided me an opportunity to work with many of the very best practitioners and leaders within the public safety profession.
It is also important to recognize that the CALEA Accreditation process has never been more important for public safety agencies than it is today. Since CALEA’s beginning in 1979 the Commission has worked tirelessly to promote accreditation as the most effective management model for contemporary public safety agencies. Because these agencies are subject to intense public scrutiny and are accountable as a critical component within the broader criminal justice process, they must remain transparent and sufficiently nimble to adjust to revisions in public policy and emerging priorities. To this end, CALEA continues to support public safety agencies in this regard and it is clear to me that it is well positioned as a professional credentialing association to be a significant contributor in the future.
Furthermore, CALEA has been the benefactor of excellent volunteer leadership over its 33 year history. I have observed countless examples of personal commitment and dedication to serving the needs of clients and the entire public safety community. This has included CALEA’s board members, staff and those contributing as members of special focus groups and committees. Additionally, CALEA’s founding organizations consisting of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) have always worked effectively with the organization to enhance its effectiveness. CALEA clearly has a bright future as it continuously enhances it programming and expands its services into new public safety venues.
My professional career will span forty five years when my retirement becomes effective December 31, 2013. The highlights include a 29 year career with the Greensboro, North Carolina Police Department, serving as Chief of Police the last eleven years; serving as president of the IACP (1993/1994); and of course my rewarding service with CALEA. During the coming year, I will take the opportunity to say goodbye to the many friends I have made over the years. Millicent and I will cherish the fond memories we have of our CALEA experience for years to come.
Sylvester Daughtry, Jr.