Raleigh Police Department Achieves CALEA Reaccreditation
The City of Raleigh Police Department achieved national reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) by meeting 460 nationally recognized professional standards. The announcement was made during the CALEA annual conference held March 21 - 24 in Frisco, TX. The Department first achieved CALEA accreditation 1992.
“We are pleased to be reaccredited again by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA),” Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said. “This certification is validation that the high standards set and followed by the men and women of the Raleigh Police Department are aligned with nationally recognized best practices and guidelines for law enforcement.”
At this year’s conference, the Raleigh Police Department was also awarded a Certificate of Advanced Meritorious Accreditation, the 9th award received since initial accreditation. In 2006, the Department was designated a CALEA Flagship Agency; this designation recognizes achievement and expertise of the most successful CALEA agencies.
To attain accredited status, a law enforcement agency must meet nationally recognized standards, or best practices, in eight law enforcement areas: Role, Responsibilities and Relationships with other agencies; Organization, Management and Administration; Personnel Structure; Personnel Process; Operations and Support; Traffic Operations; Prisoner and Court Related Activities; and Auxiliary and Technical Services. To maintain the status, accredited police departments must undergo re-accreditation every three years. While CALEA accreditation is not mandatory, it is highly sought after since it demonstrates that a law enforcement agency is meeting the highest standards of professional excellence. Accreditation is valid for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports demonstrating continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.