CALEA® Agency Support Program (CASP)
CALEA Agency Support Program (CASP)
The purpose of the CALEA® Agency Support Program (CASP) is to support the professional development of under-funded law enforcement agencies, public safety communications centers, public safety training academies and campus security organizations by offering support to qualified agencies seeking accreditation for the first- time. This program will provide limited waivers to the fees applied by CALEA for agencies to participate in the established accreditation programming. In doing so, the program shares the overall CALEA mission by providing an impartial, objective and systematic credentialing program by which qualifying public safety agencies may be assessed against established best practices for the respective profession. Under this program, selected eligible agencies will receive waivers, hereafter referred to as Initial Accreditation Fee Waivers (IAFW) (See Appendix A for CASP Policy).
Initial Accreditation Fee Waivers and Financial Implications:
The IAFW covers all CALEA initial administrative fees which otherwise would be paid by the applicant agency. The applicant agency remains responsible for purchasing the requisite PowerDMSTM software.
In addition, the agency awarded the IAFW is required to pay one-half of the estimated initial assessment costs upon enrollment in an accreditation program. The remaining one-half of the assessment costs must be paid prior to logistical scheduling of any assessment activities. These payments are non-refundable.
Candidate Selection Criteria:
- Must not have been previously enrolled in CALEA Accreditation or other CALEA programs.
- Must demonstrate a financial need for the IAFW Award.
- Must demonstrate a capacity to reach CALEA Accreditation.
- Must agree to a non-refundable payment of one-half of the projected accreditation assessment costs at the time of enrollment.
- Must agree to a non-refundable payment of the second half of the projected accreditation assessment costs prior to logistical coordination of the respective assessment.
The CASP Committee will review the application materials with a primary focus on providing awards to agencies with less than 50 full-time personnel, and make recommendations for awards based on financial need and the maximum number of IAFWs available that fiscal year. Additionally, the Committee may choose to consider such factors as previous distribution history related to program type, geography, or any other variable that impacts CALEA's overall mission or the program's intent. In the absence of qualifying agencies with the number of personnel identified in this policy, the Commission may extend awards to other qualifying agencies.
Applications are due no earlier than September 1 and no later than December 31 of the current year.
IAFW recipients will be announced at CALEA's Spring Conference in the following year.