PEORIA, Ill.- The Peoria Police Department joins just five percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide with a new distinct accreditation.
After three years, the department was awarded with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
CALEA was founded in 1979 by a joint effort of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriff’s Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.
“This was a team effort and Sgt. Smith stepped up and the way he handled this process and did an outstanding job,” said Chief Loren Marion III, Peoria Police Department. “I’ve always said that we have one of the best departments in the nation and now I have supporting documentation that I’m able to show that yes, we are one of the best.”
The purpose of CALEA is to:
-Increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime
-Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services
-Increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other
agencies of the criminal justice system
-Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of
“It’s definitely a proud moment you know, to be able to work with the men and women of this department and to know that we are nationally recognized by CALEA,” said Chief Marion.
CALEA Accreditation is beneficial to law enforcement giving the agency a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.
CALEA seals are reserved for departments that meet its high standards. The program was founded in 1979.