During the past several years, the Police Department has evolved to meet the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA) standards. CALEA is a credentialing authority comprised of several law enforcement major executive associations. There are over 450 standards that need to be satisfied by a law enforcement agency before accreditation can occur. These standards strive toward meeting CALEA’s goals which include:
In October the Department held an on-site assessment with CALEA representatives. During the four day assessment, the representatives toured facilities and viewed static displays of the Department’s equipment, uniforms and vehicles. The representatives also held a public information session which allowed public comment regarding the Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. The next step involves CALEA determining if the Department will receive accreditation. This will occur in the spring of 2013.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the City of Crystal Lake Police Departments ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155 or www.calea.org.