The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was created in 1979, when founding organizations of the International Association of Police, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association and the Police Executive Research Forum recognized a need within the law enforcement community to develop professional standards to enhance the delivery of police services.
Since its inception, CALEA has accredited over 1,000 plus agencies under standards developed by many of the best public safety practitioners and leaders of our time. These standards cover a wide range of administrative, operational and logistical issues and serve as a modern management model that provides the framework for recognizing professional excellence within public safety.
The goals of CALEA are to:
- Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
- Formalize essential management procedures
- Improve service delivery
- Increase community and staff confidence in the agency
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
Review of Tustin Police Department
Many agencies are reluctant to have outsiders review their work and their processes, and detail any deficiencies the agencies may have. It involves risk. It also requires the department to be open to change so that they can demonstrate that they work, and conduct business, in a way that meets contemporary law enforcement standards. The Tustin Police Department is reviewed every three years.
For more information regarding CALEA, please visit the CALEA website.