Friday, November 22, 2013

Richmond Police Earns CALEA Reaccreditation

The Richmond Police Department received its first Advanced Law Enforcement program reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Saturday, Nov. 16.

“CALEA accreditation is a measuring stick that professional law enforcement agencies use to compare themselves to one another and to the expectations that the community has of its police departments and I was proud to appear before the Commission’s panel on Saturday, answer their questions and highlight this great City and the outstanding work that the men and women of the Richmond Police Department perform day in and day out,” Police Chief Ray Tarasovic said.

“CALEA is the gold standard for law enforcement accreditation and we have pledged to maintain CALEA’s professional standards as part of our commitment to public safety in Richmond. Accreditation insures the department has consistent policies, formalizes management practices and provides for accountability through checks and balances at all levels of the agency.”

Chief Tarasovic accepted the award at the international organization’s fall conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with the department’s CALEA Manager Daryl Jones, Police Planning Director Brian Cummings, Sgt. Kim Mooney and fellow CALEA team members Shanique Scott and Officers Paul Tuttle and Deadra Swilley.

The Richmond Police Department is one of 26 law enforcement agencies in Virginia to have the prestigious CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation status and one of only 15 municipal law enforcement agencies to be so recognized.  Along with the Virginia Beach Police Department, Richmond Police is one of the two largest Virginia municipal law enforcement agencies to be CALEA accredited.  The agency was first accredited in 2010.  Reaccreditation occurs every three years.

The Police Department had to demonstrate compliance with close to 500 observable standards to earn reaccreditation. A team of CALEA assessors from around the country visited Richmond for a four-day period just this past July. They conducted interviews with Department personnel, attended a display of the agency’s specialized equipment and vehicles.  They inspected the Department’s facilities and vehicles during their visit.  Both prior to and during the visit, the assessors reviewed Department files to verify standards of compliance.  In addition, the assessors met with the Department’s law enforcement and community partners and attended a public information and comment session at the Richmond Police Academy.

CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations - the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriff’s Association, and Police Executives Research Forum.  The Commission was established to develop a set of law enforcement standards, and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

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