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IMPD Goes for CALEA Accreditation

The department has been doing its own self-assessment, but now they'll be under the microscope

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will begin the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA) on-site assessment on Sunday, October 22. To achieve accreditation, IMPD has to comply with 189 standards.

CALEA is an international organization that recognizes outstanding achievement in law enforcement agencies. They are made up of representatives from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Police Executive Research Forum. 

There are several steps in the accreditation process. There's enrollment, self-assessment, assessment, commission review, and maintaining the accreditation. IMPD enrolled in the first process 3 years ago and has been doing its own self-assessment. Now CALEA will just see the performance level of that self-assessment and evaluate it. CALEA will send in 2 trained assessors with to conduct the assessment and report their findings the CALEA commission. 

The primary purpose of CALEA Accreditation is as follows: 

  • Requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of wrtten directives.
  • Standards provide the necessary reports and analyses department leaders need to make fact-based, informed decisions.
  • A means for developing or improving upon an agency's relationship with the community.
  • Strengthens an agency's accountability, both within the agency and the community. 
  • Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency's liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
  • This process also facilitates the IMPD's pursuit of professional excellence.  

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