The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION AWARD
On March 21, 2015 the Shrewsbury Police Department was once again awarded Law Enforcement “Advanced” Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) at a conference in Reno, Nevada. The police department first received CALEA recognition in 2006 and received full accreditation status in 2009. In 2012 the department was reaccredited. In order to maintain its accreditation status and achieve the prestigious “advanced” accreditation award, the department must satisfactorily complete every three years a continuous process of a thorough agency wide self-evaluation, show proofs of compliance with 480 standards concluded by an exacting outside review by an independent team of assessors as well as a follow-up review by the CALEA commissioners.
The standards upon which the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, as well as law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge CALEA’s Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies and its Accreditation Program as benchmarks for today’s law enforcement agency. The program is open to all types of law enforcement agencies, on an international basis. It provides a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agency’s policies and procedures and make adjustments whenever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards. The Shrewsbury Police Department is presently the smallest municipal law enforcement agency in the State of Missouri to have received the CALEA “advanced” accreditation award.