What is CALEA?
CALEA stands for Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Established in 1979, it comprises of four major law enforcement executive membership associations. Namely, 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).
It is a process where state and local law enforcement agencies can demonstrate voluntarily that they comply with national standards which are an indication of professional excellence.
The UConn Police Department achieve its first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted on March 25, 2000. We have been subsequently accredited every three years since our initial accreditation. Because we thrive on community relations and being person’s oriented and it is our goal to provide exemplary service, CALEA accreditation assists us to demonstrate our commitment to our community through the highest level of excellence available in the law enforcement community.
The accreditation process provides for internal and external checks and balances ensuring that our agency is effectively serving our employees and the community. The benefits of CALEA accreditation are increased training and accountability to develop the best officers. The UConn Police Department member’s hard work and dedication to the departments’ mission statement makes the CALEA process easy and the norm in our objective of providing the finest service in our state.
Among the benefits of accreditation are nationwide recognition of professional excellence, continued planning and development of the department, proactive management, improved community relations and pride on our organization.
Accredited Connecticut Agencies
For more information Please visit the CALEA web site.
In the pursuit of our goal to promote departmental values, community service, integrity, positive attitude, pride and the sense of duties and responsibilities, pursued another accreditation for the UConn Police department. We felt that it was imperative that we develop and foster relationship not only with municipal law enforcement but with other campus communities. To launch that effort we obtained The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) Accreditation award on 2008. IACLEA is an association that advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services.
IACLEA was initially formulated by eleven college and university security directors. These eleven directors came together November 6, 1958, on the campus of Arizona State University to discuss job challenges and mutual problems, and specifically to create a clearinghouse for information and issues shared by campus public safety directors across the United States.
Today, IACLEA membership represents more than 1,200 colleges and universities located in twenty countries. In addition to the colleges and universities, which are the Institutional Members, individual memberships are held by campus law enforcement staff members, criminal justice faculty members, and municipal chiefs of police.
IACLEA's Campus Law Enforcement Journal, published bimonthly, is recognized as the professional voice of campus law enforcement administrators.
The Association by virtue of its members has taken positive steps toward the future of our college and university campuses. With more than a half century of experience, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators can look with pride to the past and with optimism for the future.
State accreditation is a process through which law enforcement agencies demonstrate excellence in management and service delivery by complying with state accreditation standards. This is a no-cost, voluntary, self-directed process accessible to all Connecticut departments regardless of size or resources.
The State Accreditation Standards for Local Police Agencies Program are run by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST Council). The members of the Council are a public board appointed by the Governor and include federal, state and local law enforcement managers along with public members. An Accreditation Manager will guide applicant police departments through the accreditation process and will also coordinate the process and activities on behalf of the POST Council.
For more information visit the Police Officer Standards and Training Council web page and look at the Accreditation Division section http://www.ct.gov/post/site/default.asp