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We provide the full range of Accreditation consultation and technical assistance for any size agency.

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CALEA

THE COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, INC. (CALEA)

In 1979, CALEA was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association, and Police Executive Research Forum. These organizations continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the Commission and are responsible for appointing members of the Commission.

The Commission was formed for two reasons: 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.



THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SOLUTIONS ADVANTAGE

Our biggest advantage is our highly qualified staff. We have the former Chief of Police of the smallest law enforcement agency accredited by CALEA in the State of South Carolina. Everett Howard guided a 16 member police department to full accreditation in 1995. He also has served as on-site assessor for CALEA, served two terms as vice-president of the SC Police Accreditation Coalition, served on the State Accreditation Committee of the SC Police Chiefs Association and was a member of the Accreditation Staff of a medium sized South Carolina police department which earned CALEA Accreditation. He has the experience and technical knowledge to guide any size agency to successful accreditation. He is particularly well suited to assist the medium and small sized agencies to meet their accreditation requirements.

BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION

** Controlled liability insurance costs
** Stronger defense against lawsuits and citizen complaints
** Greater accountability within the agency
** Staunch support from government officials
** Increased community advocacy

THE ACCREDITATION STANDARDS ADDRESS NINE MAJOR LAW ENFORCEMENT SUBJECTS

** role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies
** organization, management and administration
** personnel structure
** personnel process
** operations
** operational support
** traffic operations
** prisoner and court-related activities
** auxiliary and technical services

GOALS OF ACCREDITATION STANDARDS

The standards help law enforcement agencies:
** strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
** formalize essential management procedures
** establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
** improve service-delivery
** solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
** boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.

COMPLIANCE WITH STANDARDS

Agencies that seek accreditation are required to comply only with those standards that are specifically applicable to them. Applicability is based on two factors: an agency's size and the functions it performs. Applicable standards are categorized as mandatory or other-than-mandatory. If an agency cannot comply with a standard because of legislation, labor agreements, court orders, or case law, waivers can be sought from the Commission.

"WHAT" NOT "HOW"

Seeking to establish the best professional practices, the standards prescribe "what" agencies should be doing, but not "how" they should be doing it. That decision is left up to the individual agency and its Chief Executive Officer.

THE ACCREDITATION PROGRAMS

** ACCREDITATION
The Accreditation Program provides a set of law enforcement standards and establishes and administers a process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

** CERTIFICATION
The certification program provides an opportunity to have four different law enforcement functions certified independently: communications, court security, internal affairs, property and evidence, and training. Certification may serve as a stepping stone for law enforcement agencies that wish to participate in a professional credentialing program before or while seeking agency-wide accreditation.

** RECOGNITION
The program may serve as a stepping stone for smaller law enforcement agencies that wish to participate in a professional credentialing program before seeking accreditation. Recognition Program identifies 95 standards from the 4th Edition of the Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies manual. The standards address (1) Life, Health, & Safety issues, (2) legal & other critical requirements, and (3) conditions that reduce major risk and high liability exposures.

** COMMUNICATIONS ACCREDITATION
The accreditation program for public safety communications agencies is a joint effort of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCOŽ).

** ALLIANCE
The Alliance Program provides a framework for establishing relationships with state accreditation programs, and creating a tiered or two-step process for the achievement of accreditation.

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