Law Enforcement Accreditation

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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 a handful of 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 484 core standards to maintain our accreditation status. This status is granted for three years, during which we must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which our agency was initially accredited.

CALEA accredited this agency in 2007, 2010, 2013 and again in 2016 after determining that the APD had demonstrated compliance with all applicable standards during an on-site assessment. The assessors, who visited in July of 2016, examined all aspects of the Auburn PD’s office policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. Our next on-site assessment will be held in July of 2020.

Only 5% of municipal law enforcement agencies in the United States are fully accredited and far fewer have received the ‘With Excellence’ designation under the Gold Standard process of review. Auburn is one of only a handful of law enforcement agencies in Maine to receive national accreditation.

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.

Read the 2016 CALEA ASSESSMENT REPORT for the Auburn Police Department.

[Full press release here]

On November 5, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina, the Auburn PD was awarded international recognition for the 4th time by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

From left: Craig Hartley, Jr., Executive Director of CALEA; Liz Allen, APD Accreditation Manager; Deputy Chief Jason Moen; Chief Phil Crowell; Newport News, VA Police Chief Richard Myers


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)
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) 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.










Commissioners from CALEA present Deputy Chief Jason Moen, Accreditation Manager Liz Allen and Chief Phil Crowell with the APD's GOLD STANDARD Accreditation certificate in November of 2013.