The Plano Police Department has proudly been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1992.
CALEA is an international organization overseeing law enforcement standards and was established to administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could voluntarily demonstrate they meet or exceed professionally recognized criteria for excellence in police management and service delivery.
It provides a process for the Plano Police Department to systematically conduct an internal review of department policies and adjust wherever necessary to meet a body of nearly 500 internationally accepted standards. As part of the accreditation process, the department is required to undergo an annual review of policies by an independent assessor and pass an on-site inspection every four years.
Benefits of Being CALEA Accredited
- CALEA sets the Plano Police Department apart from other agencies as a leader in the industry and provides objective evidence of the department's commitment to excellence.
- Accreditation serves as a means for developing or improving upon the police department's relationship with the community.
- CALEA Accreditation requires the police department to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
- CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses the chief needs to make fact-based informed management decisions.
- It strengthens the police department's accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.