The Police Department began the process of National Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in September of 2009. CALEA provides credentialing services for law enforcement agencies, public safety communications agencies and public safety training academies.
The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services. This will be done primarily by maintaining a body of standards developed be public safety practitioners covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process and recognizing professional excellence. This provides for:
- Greater accountability within the Department
- Reduced risk and liability exposure
- Stronger defense against civil lawsuits
- Staunch support from government officials
- Increased community advocacy
The accreditation process is a management model and a blueprint for self-improvement, which strengthens accountability within the agency and to the community it serves. The Police Department received accreditation in March of 2013.
For more information on this process, please contact the Professional Standards Division at 303.841.9800 or email us