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- CALEA Accreditation
The Department of Public Safety received its initial accreditation in 1998, and is the largest law enforcement agency in the state to receive this prestigious recognition.
Since then, the Department of Public Safety has continually maintained its accredited status through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc.
CALEA was created in 1979 to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
Agencies in the CALEA system conduct continual, intensive and candid self-evaluations of their policies and procedures to maintain compliance with all applicable standards. Agencies also must submit their policy and procedures, personnel structure, management, and operations to an on-site inspection every three years by a CALEA assessment team.
Accreditation also provides law enforcement agencies with
objective evidence of their commitment to excellence in
leadership, resource management, and service-delivery. It
provides a framework to participate with other law
enforcement agencies in determining and establishing
standards which address changing issues facing police
professionals and the public.
More information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. and the accreditation process is available at http://www.calea.org.