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. We are the ONLY agency in Maine to have achieved 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.
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.
The assessment team was composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state law enforcement agencies. During their visit, the assessors reviewed written materials, conducted interviews, and visited offices and other locations where compliance could be witnessed.
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 thePolice Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs 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.
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.
The Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was the first credentialing program established by CALEA after its founding. It was originally developed to address what was seen as a need to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement service delivery. That mission continues today through a tiered law enforcement accreditation program. Participating agencies may enroll in either CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation or CALEA Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation, without regard to agency size.
Additionally, these programs are open to all types of law enforcement agencies, on an international basis. And, these programs provide specific standards to support law enforcement agencies functioning in the college/university environment. They provide a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agencies’ policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards.
Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standards upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program 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 Programs as benchmarks for professional law enforcement agencies.
- CALEA Accreditation requires 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.
- CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
- CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place—so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences.
- CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an agency’s relationship with the community.
- CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
- Being CALEA Accredited 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.
- CALEA Accreditation facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.
Questions regarding the APD's accreditation status can be directed to Accreditation Manager Liz Allen.
*We are pleased to report that there are currently three other law enforcement agencies in Maine who have made this commitment to excellence and are in the 'self-assessment' phase of the accreditation process.