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What is CALEA?
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of major law enforcement executive associations throughout the country. The purpose of CALEA 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.

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:


Departmental Participation
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) 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 will allow 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.

In addition to general law enforcement, CALEA offers accreditation programs specific to training academies and communication centers. On November 20, 2010, the CHP was initially accredited under the CALEA Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, becoming the largest accredited law enforcement agency in the nation. On November 16, 2013, the CHP Academy was formally recognized by CALEA as an accredited Public Safety Training Academy, becoming the first accredited state police/highway patrol academy in the nation. These prestigious awards are a confirmation of our professional excellence and adherence to sound policies and procedures. Departmental policies and procedures, as well as proofs of compliance are provided to CALEA on an ongoing basis to ensure continued compliance with accreditation standards


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