In 2017, The Police Department began its 12th full year as a “Professionally Accredited” Law Enforcement agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The accreditation program allows agencies to voluntarily demonstrate that they have met and an established set of professional standards. There are 482 standards that the agencies must demonstrate compliance.

The process requires agencies to:

Develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. The directives provide a method for reaching administrative and operational goals, while providing direction to its employees.

Require a preparedness programs to be put in place – so an agency is ready to address natural or man made critical incidents.

Strengthen agencies accountability, both within the agency and the           community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance and responsibilities.

Accreditation can limit an agencies liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates the internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.

The CALEA process requires agencies to undergo a comprehensive “audit” of policy and procedures as well as an-site review of all operations every three years. In August of 2017, the Colerain Police Department completed its fifth “onsite” from CALEA. This onsite was conducted under the “Gold Standard” which concentrates on the daily activities and culture of the Police Department.

In November of 2017, the Colerain Police Department was awarded “Gold Standard Advanced Accreditation” at the annual CALEA conference in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to this award, the Colerain Police Department was recognized for the third consecutive accreditation cycle with the additional designation of “With Excellence.” This prestigious designation is awarded to agencies that are identified by CALEA as the “best of the best” and exemplify the standards and spirit of international accreditation.

CALEA accreditation allows the Colerain Police Department to stand among the finest law enforcement agencies in the world, confident that the policies, procedures and services provided to our citizens are second to none.

                                                       2017 CALEA Report