2014 CALEA Accreditation

The Davidson Police Department (DPD) was re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Saturday, November 22, by verifying their department meets the commission’s professional standards.

One of Davidson’s core values is “Davidson must be a safe place to live, work, and raise a family, so the town will work in partnership with the community to prevent crime and protect lives, property, and the public realm.” CALEA accreditation recognizes our high standards and law enforcement practices.

What is CALEA?

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:

CALEA Commissioners Board

A Commission Board composed of 21 members governs CALEA. 11 must be law enforcement practitioners, and the balance of those members is selected from the public and private sectors. Generally, they reflect a representation from local, state/provincial and international law enforcement, and public safety organizations, along with business, academia, the judiciary, and state/provincial and local government.

The commissioners are appointed by the four founding law enforcement organizations and serve without compensation. CALEA operates as an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and maintains a professional staff managed by an Executive Director. The staff conducts all administrative and operational duties as directed by the Commission.

Member Benefits

CALEA publishes a newsletter magazine, entitled CALEA Update, three times a year for its members and maintains a professional website. CALEA offers accreditation-related training at each of its conferences, as well as presentations on current issues in law enforcement.

Purpose & Goals

The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:
  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency
CALEA judges participating agencies on their abilities to achieve the above goals by rating the agency on 110 standards out of 450, if they are seeking recognition status, and on all 450 if they are seeking full accreditation.