Commission  of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations including:
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
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The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services by:
  • Maintaining a body of standards (covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives) developed by public safety practitioners
  • Establishing and administering an accreditation process
  • Recognizing professional excellence

International Accreditation

The Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's County Division received international accreditation from CALEA in 2002 and was re-accredited in 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017, and 2021. Each accreditation achievement was attained after a comprehensive three-year review of the division's operations, equipment, policies, practices and procedures. The accreditation process allows a law enforcement agency the opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate conformance and compliance with established standards that promote professional excellence.

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