The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) announces that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has completed its assessment of the department and found it to be in compliance with the reviewed national standards. High-ranking HPD representatives were awarded the national accreditation at the CALEA conference in Huntsville, Alabama, capping off the process that started in 2016.
Achieving accreditation means the agency is in compliance with about 400 applicable national standards for how police do their work, which includes everything from how the agency deals with use of force incidents to how evidence is stored.
This accomplishment places the HPD into the top 5% of police departments in the country that have achieved the national accreditation.
CALEA-accredited police agencies must be reaccredited every 4 years and during the 4-year cycle, agencies must annually provide CALEA with status reports, update agency information and statistical tables, and complete a web-based assessment to verify continued compliance to the national standards.
Accredited standards address six major areas highlighting a department’s role, responsibilities and relationship with other agencies, organizations and administration: personnel administration; law enforcement operations; operational support; traffic enforcement; detainee and court-related services; and auxiliary and technical services.
CALEA officials say that the benefits of accreditation include greater accountability for an agency, reduced risk and liability exposure; a stronger defense against civil lawsuits; staunch support for government officials and increased community advocacy.