The CALEA Accreditation Program provides law enforcement agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate their adherence to an established set of professional standards and includes an external, objective evaluation of departmental operations which may assist with the identification of potential areas needing improvement. In addition to providing an opportunity for self improvement, accreditation can instill a greater sense of confidence among departmental employees and the people of California, as well as our legislative leaders and controlling agencies. Ultimately, the CALEA Accreditation Program promotes the efficient use of resources and seeks to improve service delivery. Additional information on CALEA and the accreditation process is available on the CALEA website at:
The Department is constantly striving to identify ways of enhancing departmental efficiency and further advancing our vision of becoming a recognized leader in law enforcement and emergency incident management. Participation in the CALEA Accreditation Program allows us to demonstrate that our policies and procedures comply with internationally established standards for law enforcement excellence, thereby instilling a greater sense of confidence in departmental employees and the public we serve. Accreditation has the added benefit of providing an objective evaluation of departmental operations to assist with the identification of any potential areas needing improvement.
On November 20, 2010, CALEA formally recognized the California Highway Patrol (CHP) as an accredited law enforcement agency. In receiving this honor, the CHP became the largest accredited law enforcement agency in the Nation. This prestigious award is a confirmation of our professional excellence and adherence to sound policies and procedures. Departmental policies and procedures, as well as proofs of compliance, will be provided to CALEA on an ongoing basis to ensure continued compliance with established standards.