Training Academy Accreditation Program

The Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program was developed in 2002 and is open to governmental organizations that are authorized to provide a comprehensive basic law enforcement or public safety training program or advanced in-service broad scope training. Its purpose is to promote superior public safety training services and recognize professional excellence. The program’s standards were derived from the best practices of professional public safety training agencies and institutions, and do not conflict with any organizations that are recognized training authorities. The standards prescribe “what” academies should be doing, but not “how” they should do it. That decision is left up to each academy and the Chief Executive Officer.

The program standards cover nine topic areas:

  1. Credentialing
  2. Organization
  3. Direction and authority
  4. Human resources
  5. Recruitment, selection, employment, and promotion
  6. Instructional systems
  7. Training administration
  8. Instructors
  9. Students

The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the CEO, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery – regardless of the size or geographic location of the academy.

The standards upon which the Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of training academy practitioners and accreditation experts. CALEA’s Standards for Public Safety Training Academies© and its Accreditation Program are seen as benchmarks for today’s public safety training programs.

  • CALEA Accreditation requires an agency/academy to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
  • CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management and administrative decisions.
  • CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an academy’s relationship with the community it serves.
  • CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
  • CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
  • Being CALEA Accredited can limit an academy’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that recognized standards for public safety training academies have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
  • CALEA Accreditation facilitates an academy’s pursuit of professional excellence.