Since the first law enforcement agency was accredited by CALEA in 1984, accreditation programs have become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence. The standards upon which Accreditation Programs are based reflect the current thinking and experience of public safety practitioners and researchers. Major public safety associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, insurance pools and law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge that the voluntary and transparent application of a public safety accreditation program is the benchmark for today’s public safety agency.
Key benefits of agency accreditation:
- It is a proven management model that increases operational efficiency, improves the delivery of services, reduces risk and lowers costs.
- It requires the regular production of reports and analyses that will assist the agency’s executive leadership to make informed management decisions.
- It will produce a comprehensive and contemporary set of uniform directives which are based upon recognized best practices. This is the most effective way of reaching administrative and operational goals.
- It will strengthen the department’s accountability within the agency and the community through a continuum of standards that clearly define expectations, performance and responsibility.
- It will limit the agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that recognized best practices have been met and independently verified.
- It will reduce the communities insurance premiums with your local Joint Insurance Fund (JIF) once accredited.
- It will ensure that a preparedness program is put in place so the agency is ready to address natural and man-made emergencies.