The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., CALEA, was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence. The accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet this established set of professional standards.
The Fayetteville Police Department experienced the first CALEA assessment in November of 2012. In that assessment, two assessors appointed by CALEA visited and graded the department on each of the required standards. The Fayetteville Police Department was awarded with the initial accreditation award on March 23, 2013.
Sergeant Scott Carlton, assigned to Administration, is the department’s appointed Accreditation Manager. He is currently preparing the department for the third cycle of the CALEA Accreditation process, and the department will go through a third assessment in 2019. Feel free to contact Sergeant Carlton by phone at 575-8355 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To maintain Accreditation, the department must update and maintain policies and operating procedures that meet the standards. Written documentation known as proofs of compliance are also required and are prepared on a yearly cycle. These proofs of compliance may involve a large variety of items that demonstrate the department is meeting a standard. They are typically reports, photographs, and records of various types. Each division within the police department is involved with this process in some way.