Fresno Police Department
WHAT IS CALEA?
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was established in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association, and Police Executive Research Forum as an independent accrediting authority. Accreditation by this organization is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
To achieve “accredited” status, the Fresno Police Department complied with more than 400 “best practice” standards established by CALEA for the operation of police organizations. The CALEA assessment team examined all aspects of the Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Participation in the CALEA process is voluntary, yet important. It assures the citizens of Fresno that their police department is among the best in the nation. Additionally, the Department must now maintain compliance with the identified standards and report annually to CALEA.
On July 30, 2005, at ceremonies held in Boston, the Fresno Police Department received its first national accreditation by CALEA. To retain accredited status, the department must apply for re-accreditation every three years. In both April 2008 & 2011, the Department successfully completed a reaccreditation process that was more stringent than the initial accreditation process. Currently, the Fresno Police Department is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in California to achieve this award. As of February 2014, only fifteen other agencies in California have become accredited by CALEA, with ten others currently in the self-assessment phase.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer stated, “I am proud to say that our agency is now within an elite group of law enforcement agencies across the United States to have received accreditation status, as fewer than 4 percent of law enforcement agencies have completed this process. We also have the distinct honor of being the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the State of California to receive accreditation status. I am hopeful that CALEA accreditation will spread throughout California in the years to come, resulting in increased professionalism in the law enforcement community.”