Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employees’ safety; and processes to safeguard employees’ rights. A community with an accredited law enforcement agency can take pride in their department, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.
Spartanburg Police Department was awarded National Accreditation on March 20, 1999 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The department is also recognized as an accredited agency with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Council (SCLEA) and is a member of the South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition.
Proof that compliance to national standards has been maintained is required to CALEA every three years. Agencies must participate in an "on-site" assessment where a team of CALEA Assessors reviews files and solicits feedback from a variety of stakeholders. Our 7th mandatory on-site review of all aspects of our department and personnel took place December 4, 2016 to December 7, 2016. We are anticipating our re-accreditation award during the Commission Conference, March 22, 2017 to March 25, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama.
CALEA Accreditation Program Information
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)
• Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
Noted Benefits of a CALEA Accredited Agency
Controlled liability insurance costs
Accredited status makes it easier for agencies to purchase police liability insurance; allows agencies to increase the limit of their insurance coverage more easily; and, in many cases, results in lower premiums.
Stronger defense against lawsuits and citizen complaints
Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them once they become accredited.
Greater accountability within the agency
Accreditation standards give the Chief Executive Officer a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision making and resource allocation.
Support from government officials
Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
Increased community advocacy
Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges confronting law enforcement and gives law enforcement clear direction about community expectations.
For more information on accreditation see http://www.calea.org/.