The Muscatine Police Department is pleased to announce that they were awarded the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) Law Enforcement Accreditation for the sixth time. CALEA Accreditation serves as the International Gold Standard for Public Safety Agencies.
According to CALEA, “the process of CALEA Accreditation begins with a rigorous self-assessment, requiring a review of policies, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards. This is followed with an assessment by independent assessors with significant public safety experience.”
In addition to the self-assessment and formal assessment, public feedback is gathered. This is done to promote community trust and engagement. Structured interviews are also included in the assessment process.
The final decision whether to accredit is made by a governing body of twenty-one Commissioners following a public hearing and review of all reporting documentation. If awarded, the award may remain in effect for four years.
The Muscatine Police Department takes the accreditation process seriously. Not only is receiving the award a great professional accomplishment, but maintaining CALEA standards encourages excellence within the department.
Assessors were in Muscatine for the accreditation process back in July. Check out the first blog post about the Muscatine Police Department that briefly describes the accreditation process.
Congratulations, Muscatine Police Department!