The police department is working to become an accredited agency by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA sets standards and evaluates public safety agencies in North America to ensure those agencies are the "Gold Standard" in public safety.
Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service-delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.
CALEA standards give the CEO a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.