The Monroe Police Department voluntarily elected to enter the accreditation process. This process requires an extensive commitment by all department personnel to the pursuit of excellence as recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Incorporated (CALEA). CALEA is an independent, nonprofit organization established in 1979 to develop a set of law enforcement standards that would improve the delivery of law enforcement services from coast to coast. Four major law enforcement associations – the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) – combined efforts to develop and review these standards. The standards are designed to:
Increase the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime
Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in delivering law enforcement services
Increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other agencies of the criminal justice system
Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency
The accreditation process requires the police department to comply with applicable standards and to document this compliance for a final on-site review by a CALEA assessment team. The assessment team report is then reviewed at one of several regional CALEA meetings. Accreditation standards are strict. On July 28, 2007, the Monroe Police Department was awarded its first accreditation award and has been re-accredited three times, receiving Advanced Accreditation in 2013, 2016 and 2019.
The Monroe Police Department participates in the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) process. As a part of this process, we provide an opportunity for public feedback via a CALEA Portal, which can be located here: https://cimrs2.calea.org/254.
The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding our compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide our agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster our pursuit of professional excellence.
It is important to know that 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.
Standard titles may be viewed on the CALEA website: Law Enforcement – Standards Titles. The level of accreditation the Monroe Police Department participates in encompasses all the standards listed and have been participating since 2007.
Questions related to the accreditation process may be directed to the Accreditation Manager.