The Iowa City Police Department  is honored to announce that it has been awarded CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation effective March 26, 2021. This is the seventh time ICPD has received this accreditation. 

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 accreditation process 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 21 commissioners following a public hearing and review of all reporting documentation.

Date of publication

Friday, April 09, 2021

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