The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION AWARD
On July 28, 2018 the Shrewsbury Police Department was once again awarded Law Enforcement Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) at a conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The police department first received CALEA recognition in 2006 and received full accreditation status in 2009. In 2012 and 2015 the department was reaccredited. In order to maintain its accreditation status, the department must satisfactorily complete a continuous process of a thorough agency wide self-evaluation, show proofs of compliance with a variety of standards concluded by an exacting outside review by an independent team of assessors as well as a follow-up review by the CALEA commissioners.
The standards upon which the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, as well as law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge CALEA’s Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies and its Accreditation Program as benchmarks for today’s law enforcement agency. The program is open to all types of law enforcement agencies, on an international basis. It provides a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agency’s policies and procedures and make adjustments whenever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards. These standards assist law enforcement organizations with formalizing essential management procedures and improving service-delivery.