Police Department’s CALEA Re-accreditation Status Awarded

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

On July 28, 2018, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), held hearings in Grand Rapids Michigan, for agencies across the country to determine their accreditation status. Deputy Chief Tony Zucaro, Lieutenants Brent Calhoun and Michael Clark along with Master Police Officer Lissa Bauder represented the department at the hearing. They answered questions relating to the department's March 2018 CALEA on-site assessment review. During the on-site assessment, CALEA assigned two assessors to thoroughly review the department's previous 3-years' of documentation describing the organization's compliance with the Commission's 484 mandated standards. In their final statement to the Commission, the assessor's report reflected a full compliance with all standards being accomplished while not indicating any discrepancies or program gaps for a perfect scorecard.

The accreditation process has served to open agencies to inspection while demonstrating they operate as part of the community and are responsible to it. The CALEA model helps create clear expectations for public safety personnel and supports best business practices. This system requires forward thinking by leaders and challenges agencies to use data to make sound business decisions with specific outcomes. The CALEA standards are recognized as the benchmark in 21st Century Policing.  Adherence to these standards shows to our residents, visitors and department members the Police Department is fully committed to providing the very best in police services. 

Following the review of the assessment report and the department's hearing, the Commission presented the Police Department with its highest award, the "CALEA Gold Standard Advanced Accreditation with Excellence". After first being accredited in 1986, this is the department's 9th CALEA Accreditation certification.