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CALEA
CALEAAbout the Law Accreditation Agency
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

Improving Delivery of Public Safety Services
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
  • Recognizing professional excellence

Program Goals
Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:
  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency

For More Information
Read All About CALEA to learn more about the accreditation program.