CALEA is the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement.The Hazelwood Police Department was CALEA accredited from 2003-2009, before lapsing our accreditation status due to budgetary issues. The department has now regained accreditation, receiving its initial accreditation on May 4, 2018.
In order to receive accreditation, the police department must submit to annual policy and file assessment which are conducted by a client service manager off-site. Every four years, an site-based assessment occurs where CALEA assessors travel to the agency to determine if re-accreditation will be awarded. Each assessment includes reviews of written policies, procedures, actual practices, and inspection of city equipment and facilities. As one of elite police agencies in the United States to have achieved this accredited status, the Hazelwood Police Department takes our commitment to service and community to the next level. Our vision is to maintain the highest standards of excellence in all facets of policing.The department strives to be considered by our community and our profession as one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the nation.