The Albany Police Department proudly became nationally accredited on November 16, 2019 through the Commission on Accreditation Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Our department is currently the 3rd law enforcement agency in Oregon to achieve this status.
The Albany Police Department began the journey to become nationally accredited in 2015. Over the past few years the Department has revamped policies and implemented new procedures to ensure efficient law enforcement standards and practices. A comprehensive on-site inspection of policies, procedures, and operations took place in June 2019. In November 2019, the department went before the CALEA Committee Review panel to review the on-site assessment report. With approval from the committee, accreditation was granted for the Advanced Law Enforcement program.
By choosing to be accredited through CALEA, the Albany Police Department has voluntarily accepted the challenge to meet the most rigorous set of standards for law enforcement based on industry best practices in the United States. Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with these standards under which it was initially accredited.
CALEA developed a comprehensive set of 486 written standards covering every aspect of law enforcement policies, procedures, best practices and operations. These standards are designed to increase:
- Public safety agency capabilities to maintain law and order
- Agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of public safety services
- Cooperation and coordination with other public safety agencies, and with other agencies in the criminal justice system
- Citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency
Benefits of Accreditation:
- Enhanced community partnerships
- Coordination with neighboring agencies and other parts of the criminal justice system.
- Systematic assessment and upgrading of training and equipment.
- Reduction of liability litigation and related costs.
- Proactively developed management systems, policies and procedures.
- Impartial guidelines for evaluation and change.
- International recognition of professional excellence.
For more information about accreditation with CALEA, go to www.calea.org.