About CALEA Accreditation
The Arlington Heights Police Department has been an accredited agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 2008. CALEA was created in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The Purpose of CALEA is to provide law enforcement agencies with a body of nationally recognized standards created by law enforcement professionals, thereby improving the quality of law enforcement services. Compliance with the standards allows a law enforcement agency to deliver a high quality of service, increase citizen confidence in the agency, decrease liability issues, and raise the agency to an international level of professionalism.
The CALEA accreditation program embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. As a community-focused law enforcement agency, the Arlington Heights Police Department strictly adheres to these established standards as a means to validate the department’s commitment to excellence and the community it serves. The accreditation program provides numerous benefits, including:
Greater Accountability within the Agency
CALEA Standards give the Chief of Police a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation. A strong dedication to agency accountability increases citizen confidence as established policies and practices are continuously validated by independent reviews conducted by subject matter experts.
Reduced Risk and Liability Exposure
Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against unfounded citizen complaints and potential civil lawsuits. Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them, once they become accredited. Strict adherence to a proven set of established standards, rooted in current law enforcement best practices, solidifies an agency’s preparedness and response to incidents within the community. Many agencies report a reduction in the liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees.
Staunch Support from Government Officials
Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management and service delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs. Accreditation seeks to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination thereby increasing community and staff confidence in the agency.
Improved Employee Confidence and Morale
Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is a prestigious and respected designation symbolizing the dedication of the agency towards law enforcement professionalism. Only 3% of law enforcement agencies nationwide choose to become, or are ultimately awarded, accreditation. Policies and procedures related to training, facilities, equipment, employee rights, and officer mental/physical health acknowledge the Police Department and Village’s continued commitment to the staff who selflessly serve and protect the community.
Accreditation is an on-going process. CALEA maintains an access portal that allows for comment and feedback regarding an agency compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, and delivery of public safety services. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.
IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes. Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA Accreditation.
Accreditation Public Comment Portal