Accreditation for law enforcement agencies is considered the gold standard, certifying the institution of best practices locally to meet a national standard of excellence; and the New Albany Police Department has begun working with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) to accomplish this task.
Created in 1979, CALEA is a credentialing authority created through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). It is a proven modern management model used by police agencies across the country with the goals of ultimately:
- Strengthening crime prevention and control capabilities;
- Formalizing essential management procedures;
- Establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;
- Improving service delivery;
- Solidifying interagency cooperation and coordination; and
- Increasing community and staff confidence.
The New Albany Police Department will be working with CALEA through 2019 in an effort to achieve this status. Once achieved, CALEA will assess the police department every four years thereafter to maintain accreditation.
“New Albany is the best suburb in the United States and the purpose of this accreditation process is to better align our police department with that standard of excellence,” said Police Chief Greg Jones. “Today, more than ever, it is imperative that we strive for excellence and continue to build upon our values of professionalism and service while protecting our community.”