The Iowa City Police Department is honored to announce that it has been awarded CALEA Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation effective March 25, 2017 for the sixth time. The Department was recently recognized at the CALEA National Conference in Mobile, Alabama.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., also known as CALEA, was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of major law enforcement executive associations:
- International Association of Chiefs of Police, or IACP
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, or NOBLE
- National Sheriffs' Association, or NSA
- Police Executive Research Forum, or PERF
The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners that covers a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, while also establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence.
CALEA Accreditation serves as the international gold standard for public safety agencies. This voluntary process of CALEA Accreditation begins with a rigorous self- assessment, requiring a review of policies, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards. This is followed with an assessment by independent assessors with significant public safety experience. Additionally, public feedback is received to promote community trust and engagement, and structured interviews are conducted with select agency personnel and others with knowledge to assess the agency's effectiveness and overall service delivery capacities. The decision to accredit is rendered by a governing body of twenty-one commissioners following a public hearing and review of all reporting documentation.
To earn the most recent CALEA reaccreditation, the Iowa City Police Department collected and maintained proofs of compliance with 189 applicable standards for each of the preceding three years (March 2014 - March 2017). On December 3-6, 2016, a team of CALEA Assessors arrived at the Police Department to conduct a thorough onsite assessment. On March 25, 2017, ICPD Captain Troy Kelsay, Accreditation Manager Sergeant Doug Hart, and former Accreditation Manager Lieutenant David Droll sat before a panel of CALEA Commissioners during the final phase of the reaccreditation process. As a result of the hearing, the department was again awarded CALEA Accreditation.
“We are pleased to be reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This certification is validation that the high standards we hold our personnel is aligned with national guidelines and the expectations of the Iowa City community,” Chief Jody Matherly said.