What is CALEA?
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (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
Additional information on CALEA and the accreditation process is available on the CALEA website at:
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.