“Members of the Hazelwood Police Department are recognized as highly-motivated, conscientious men and women performing an exceptional job in a highly scrutinized profession. A CALEA accreditation validates the HPD has established the highest standards in regards to policy, training and community service. The accreditation protocols have become a necessity for modern day policing agencies to encourage a best practices mind-set department wide that additionally serves to enhance community trust,” said Hazelwood’s Chief of Police Gregg Hall.
The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs 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. This is done by establishing and administering an accreditation process. The goals of obtaining accreditation are to:
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
- Formalize essential management procedures
- Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
- Improve service delivery
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
- Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
The HPD has been working on the self-assessment phase since July 2015 and is slated to be assessed by CALEA on its progress in late summer 2018. The police department and its employees are working to prepare for this assessment.
The HPD will be posting important information on its website, www.hazelwoodpd.org, and social media platforms in the coming months regarding its progress with the accreditation program. For more information, contact the Director of Professional Standards, Maj. Ken Jewson, at (314) 838-5000.