The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) is an international program founded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Sheriff's Association (NSA), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The Commission has developed a comprehensive set of written standards covering every aspect of law enforcement and communications policies, procedures, practices and operations.
These standards were designed to:
- Increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime
- Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services
- Increase cooperation with other law enforcement agencies
- Increase employee and citizen confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the accredited agencies
- Reduce liability to the municipality by requiring an up-to-date policy manual reflecting the best professional practices in law enforcement
- Hold the agency accountable by regular onsite inspections and Commission review
The Huntley Police Department must comply with the Commission’s 484 law enforcement standards in order to achieve accreditation. Because this process is so rigorous, only 3% of law enforcement agencies nationwide choose to become accredited. It is a highly valued mark of professional excellence for an agency to voluntarily participate in CALEA.
Benefits to Citizens
- Accreditation demonstrates the commitment of the agency to professionalism in the law enforcement field.
- Accreditation assures the community that its law enforcement agency is committed to the provision of services of the highest quality, and that its policies and procedures are effective, responsive, and up-to-date.
- Accreditation commits the agency to a broad range of programs of direct benefit to the public (e.g., community crime prevention) as well as policies and procedures to cope with man-made or natural disasters.
- Accreditation promotes community cooperation and understanding.
The CALEA Review Process
CALEA conducts regular, in-depth reviews of agencies in the accreditation process on a four year cycle. The Commission conducts annual offsite reviews of the departments' files, including a policy and practices review, proofs of compliance and an annual Agency Status Report. At the end of the four year cycle, CALEA sends an assessment team to the department for a multi-day onsite inspection, in advance of a full Commission review and reaccreditation. The Huntley Police Department is scheduled for their next assessment and reaccreditation in 2024.