CALEA Division

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies


The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE);
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Program 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.

Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:

  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
  • Formalize essential management procedures;
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;
  • Improve service delivery;
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.

The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.

Sgt. M. Miller CALEA Manager

Michele Miller

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21,2019

Contact: Sgt. Tony Murphy #479-587-3580

RE: FAYETTEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SEEKS NATIONAL REACCREDITATION           

Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds announced today the Fayetteville Police Department is seeking a national reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). 

A team of assessors from CALEA will arrive November 4, 2019, to examine all aspects of the Fayetteville Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.  Verification by the team that Fayetteville Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.  

CALEA’s standards for law enforcement agencies and its accreditation programs are recognized as benchmarks for professional law enforcement agencies.  Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon agency relationships with the community.  Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly defines authority, performance and responsibility.  Accreditation can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally accepted standards for law enforcement have been met and verified.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, November 4, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.  The session will be conducted in the Fayetteville District Courtroom located at 176 South Church Avenue in Fayetteville. 

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call (479) 587-7110 on November 4, 2019, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to speak to CALEA assessors.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Fayetteville Police Department. 

The Fayetteville Police Department has to comply with one-hundred and eighty nine standards in order to gain reaccredited status. “The Fayetteville Police Department is dedicated to reaching the highest standards of professionalism through the accreditation process and ongoing partnership with CALEA” (Chief of Police Mike Reynolds).

The assessors are: Team Leader Captain Jacqui Boykin and Team Member Kim Morrow-Lopez. Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports, and participate in annual remote web-based assessments attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Fayetteville Police Department’s ability to meet standards for accreditation, or who are seeking additional information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., are encouraged to write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.


This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards which:

  • Require an agency 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.
  • Provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
  • Require a preparedness program be put in place—so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made critical incidents.
  • Are a means for developing or improving upon an agency's relationship with the community. 
  • Strengthen an agency's accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
  • Can limit an agency's liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
  • Facilitates an agency's pursuit of professional excellence.

CALEA Structure

A Commission Board composed of 21 members governs CALEA. Eleven must be law enforcement practitioners; the balance is selected from the public and private sectors. Generally, they reflect a representation from local, state/provincial and international law enforcement and public safety organizations, along with business, academia, the judiciary, and state/provincial and local government. The Commissioners are appointed by the four founding law enforcement organizations, and serve without compensation.

CALEA operates as an independent, nonprofit (501[c]3) corporation, and maintains a professional staff managed by an Executive Director. The staff conducts all administrative and operational duties as directed by the Commission. CALEA publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, the CALEA E-Communique, and maintains a professional website. CALEA offers accreditation related training at each of it's conferences, as well as presentations on current issues in public safety.