The Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is a Virginia Based agency which grants accredited status to law enforcement agencies throughout the world who meet strict criteria established by the Commission.
CALEA was formed in 1979 for establishing a body of standards designed to (1) increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime, (2) increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services, (3) increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other agencies of the criminal justice system, and (4) increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the agency. In addition, the Commission was formed to develop an accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet an established set of professional standards.
These four major law enforcement executive membership associations - International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs Association, and Police Executive Research Forum - joined forces to create the Commission and to appoint its members. The Commission is composed of 21 members: at least 11 law enforcement professionals, and the balance from governmental areas and from the private sector. The Commission reflects the broad representation from state and local levels as well as from many regions of the United States and Canada.
Following its first organizational meeting in 1979, the Commission turned its attention to the consideration of standards drafted by the four associations. The final chapters of the draft standards were approved on May 1, 1982. During this 28 month time frame, there were organizational changes. The four associations incorporated the Commission as an independent, non-profit corporation in October 1980. In March 1981, an Executive Director was employed to begin work on program implementation. Since then other staff have been employed. After approval of the draft standards, the four association and the Commission's staff initiated a field review of the standards developed and developed the accreditation process, including all relevant policies, procedures, manuals and forms. Most of 1982 and 1983 was spent field testing the standards and the accreditation process. The standards and process received final approval from the Commission in September 1983.
Since initial approval, the standards have undergone many interpretations, adjustments, and amendments. These changes were reported in eight major change notices issued between September 1983 and November 1992. In May 1987, the Commission reprinted the second edition of the Standards Manual (Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies) in loose-leaf form and initiated an update service.
In March 1993, the Commission ordered a top-to-bottom review of the standards and accreditation process after nearly ten years of operation. A Review Task Force, representing a wide cross-section of the Commission's user community, undertook an extensive year-long review of the standards. Following several drafts and a field review, the task force made the final recommendation to the Commission and the third edition of the Standards Manual was approved in March of 1994.
The Fourth Edition of the Standards Manual was issued in January of 1999 and the number of standards was increased from 436 to 446.
The Fifth Edition contains 459 law enforcement standards organized into 38 chapters, or topic areas. In the Commission's view, the standards reflect the best professional requirements and practices for a law enforcement agency. The Oklahoma City Police Department successfully completed the process in March of 2007.
The Accreditation Manager for the Oklahoma City Police Department is Master Sergeant Randy Scott. MSgt. Scott can be contacted at (405) 316-4280.