As a not-for-profit, multi-national, public safety accrediting body, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) is dedicated to the development and maintenance of critical law enforcement standards. These constitutionally grounded and portable set of standards are structured to complement the needs of the public, while also providing a foundational blueprint to support public safety agencies in the voluntary pursuit of excellence through the process of accreditation. READ MORE
The accreditation process provides opportunities for agencies to provide consistent delivery of high quality public safety services. Concurrent with this process, significant benefits are also realized by agencies and employees. Line-level employees may not be aware of some of the positive features associated with working at an accredited agency. This article highlights the value of CALEA accreditation when communicating agency expectations, seeking grants for equipment used by line-level employees, and defending against civil litigation.
Over the years I have been repeatedly reminded that relatively small numbers of outliers generally consume the majority of an organization's energy and resources. This means those having no intentions of contributing positively to the stated cause require more attention than those that come to work every day and consistently do their jobs well.