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Accreditation (CALEA)

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Posted over 5 years ago

 

Do you think Accreditation is a good idea or a waste of time?

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It is good idea, and gives your department a good base line.


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Good idea! We have been able to add some equipment and update training due to accreditation standards. We will receive our first accreditation award this July in Hampton, VA. It also forces an agency to review policies and procedures on a regular basis, something not often done otherwise.


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very good idea and helps out when applying for grants


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The purpose is good, but in reality it's useless. 


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Koda_thanksgiving_max50

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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

I think it is nice for grants and what not, but I would not want to be the people responsible for making sure everything is in compliance with the standards.

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We're in the process of getting every single course accredited and we have a couple of academies. A lot of work ahead.


Good idea? Absolutely. You set the benchmark for others to follow.

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Rate This | Posted almost 5 years ago

 

It's a good idea. The department gains a lot on many levels, but don't forget the Officers get to use it if they decide to move on to another department. Having it is a bonus. 


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Even though this discussion is a little dated, the content is constantly in step with what's current.


Accreditation (CALEA) is the best thing since slice bread when it comes to protecting officers against civil liability. The process takes about 3 years and is rather toilsome. BUT, once you got it, it's your 'civil ballistic vest'.


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

The Sarge makes a great point.  If your department shows their level of dilligence by obtaining accreditation, it only makes your credibility stronger.  In an earlier post grants were mentioned.  My agency recieved grants for two new cars and two additional officers.  This may not sound major at first, but you have to consider we have a patrol division of less than thirty...until Monday.  We have also recieved a grant for new second chance vests for every officer in the past couple of years.  It may seem like a pain, but it is worth it in the long run.


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

I think being Accredited has it's good points and it's bad points.  My PD is Accredited, but we still pay out on lawsuits.  Our IA unit has turned into a "witch hunt" machine.  They start investigations and file complaints on Officers without a complainant.  This was a product of becoming Accredited.  Our PD got grants and money before CALEA so I don't know what the big deal is.  It also takes a few sworn Officers off of the street to make sure all Department policies are in writing and in order and to prepare for inspections.  I had to take part in a couple of static display inspections by CALEA officials.  The last one I had to basically steam clean my K9 car to make it look good.  The inspectors never even looked at my squad or asked any questions that I was told were coming about K9 operations.  They come around every few years, do a few ride-a-longs, walk around the Station, go out to lunch and dinner.  We never know what is going on until the Chief announces that we are re-Accredited.....yea. 


I think CALEA is a good program for troubled Departments that need assistance getting organized.  It seems that only PDs with the budgets and manpower can afford to benefit from being Accredited.  It would be nice to see them go into Departments and Agencies that operate questionably (we all know who they are) and get them on the straight and narrow.  Or even assist the Departments that could not afford the cost of CALEA and help them get in order. 


A lot of Officers in my PD could care less about CALEA and many of them don't know what they do.  I'm sure that is the opinion of a lot of us out there.


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

Pete:


I am not sure why your IA office is acting on officers without a complaint, however, that is not a CALEA standard, as far as I know. I an the Recognition Manager for our agency, and have never run across this. CALEA does requires agencies to investigate citizen complaints, however, it is generally up to the agency how they accomplish this.


Interestingly, during our last on-site, every officer in the department had a chance to meet with the assessor. He looked at our static display closely (where your K-9 car was on display) and was thorough in his inspection of our station, files, reports, etc.


As for taking officers off of the streets to ready files, etc....that's what I am doing today...file maintenance. It's part of the job, and overall, beneficial to the department. An agency has to want to become accredited, CALEA can't just waltz in and take over (thank heaven!)


Sorry to hear that it's not working well for you and your department...


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Rate This | Posted over 4 years ago

 

My department started on the road to CALEA and quickly detoured.  since they do not affect corrections I am not sure why the accredidation stopped.  I was not impressed by the presentaion, that is all I saw of it, the presentation.  I did hear some talk of once the department headed down that road there was no turning back, and so the sheriff detoured from it.


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sgt457:


Our IA bosses started an investigation without a complaint being filed during a case that happened 2 years ago.  The suspect went to the TV news station to alledge an Officer beat him.  Actually it was not the suspect, but a group of civil rights activists for a certain religion/race group who went on TV to claim misconduct.  IA began an investigation, without a complainant.  IA went out of their way to try to contact the suspect, the religious group and the lawyer who all refused to file a complaint.  One of the IA bosses said that it was a "CALEA" thing and it had to be done to protect the Department (not the Officer).  Of course the Officer was exonorated from the false allegations. 


My comment on removing an Officer off of the street was to say that this work could be done by a civilian employee and not a trained Officer.


As for CALEA being used as a tool for Departments who don't have the resources, funds, or manpower to make them "Top Flight," I just would like all LE Agencies to have the same opportunity as the ones who do.  I work for a PD that is lucky enough to have these resources to do this.  I did work for a smaller PD in the past that would have loved to be Accredited, but did not have the money or manpower to do so.  It seems that CALEA neglects the underfunded smaller Agencies and caters to the larger more prosperous Towns and Departments.  This is just my opinion and not the views of my PD.   


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George Orwell

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu

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