Law Enforcement Accreditation
Chief Phillip L. Crowell, Jr. and all of the men and women of the Auburn Police Department are fiercely proud that the APD is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. Our accreditation status is awarded by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
The Auburn Police Department is one of only two* law enforcement agencies in Maine to receive national accreditation from CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. In 2013, we became the first agency in Maine to achieve the Gold Standard level of Accreditation, an accomplishment of which we are very proud.
The Auburn Police Department must comply with 482 core accreditation standards to maintain our accreditation status. Law Enforcement Accreditation Status is granted for three years, during which accredited agencies must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The Commission accredited this agency in 2007, 2010, and again in 2013 after determining that the APD had demonstrated its compliance with all applicable standards during an on-site assessment of the agency. The assessors, who were on hand in August of 2013, examined all aspects of the Auburn Police Department’s office policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Our next on-site assessment will be held in July of 2016.
Verification by CALEA assessors that the Auburn Police Department continues to meet the Commission’s state of the art standards are part of a voluntary process to gain law enforcement re-accreditation, the highest recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
Commissioners from CALEA present Deputy Chief Jason Moen, Accreditation Manager Liz Allen and Chief Phil Crowell with the APD's GOLD STANDARD Accreditation certificate.
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
- Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
- 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) 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. This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards.
Questions regarding the APD's accreditation status can be directed to Accreditation Manager Liz Allen.
*We are pleased to report that there are currently several other law enforcement agencies in Maine who have made this commitment to excellence and are in the 'self-assessment' phase of the accreditation process.