Parker’s Police Chief David King is proud to announce that the Parker Police Department has been awarded the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) Public Safety Communications Accreditation. This is the fourth accreditation the police department has been awarded since 2013.
The Parker Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the nation to be awarded with the following four accreditations – CALEA Law Enforcement, CALEA Public Safety Communications, International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE) and state accredited through the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.
Individually, these awards show how the Parker Police Department is dedicated to operating at the highest of standards. When you combine them, it proves beyond a measure of doubt that we live by our vision statement.
The Parker Police Department strives to adhere to the highest standards and reflect the diversity of its community members. The people of our community and members of the Police Department must be united in their commitment to addressing crime, violence, and quality-of-life issues by engaging one another in problem-solving partnerships. Recognizing that integrity is the foundation of our profession, we endeavor to preserve and protect the public trust placed in us by adhering to the highest standards of honesty and ethical practice.
The purpose of becoming an accredited agency is to ensure the department has the most up-to-date policies, procedures and trainings – recognizing professional excellence. For each one of these accreditations, the Parker Police must maintain compliance with applicable standards, keep proofs of compliance, and live by the letter and spirit of those standards; then go through the process or maintaining accreditation on a regular basis. The Department is always auditing our practices and we bring in outside assessors from around the country to perform regular audits.
About the CALEA Accreditations
The purpose of CALEA’s accreditation programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. The law enforcement accreditation requires the department is in compliance with CALEA’s 317 mandatory policing standards, as well as at least 80 optional standards. The public safety communications accreditation focuses on 165 mandatory standards.
About the IAPE Accreditation
This accreditation is a review of the Property and Evidence Section’s standards, documentation, procedures and actions as they relate to the industry’s best practices.
About the CACP Accreditation
CACP accreditation requires a law enforcement agency to demonstrate and consistently maintain compliance with over 200 professional standards of performance. Some of these standard areas include arrest procedures, community relations, internal affairs, investigations, record keeping, patrol operations and code of ethics.