Recent Awards

The Alcoa Police Department received Law Enforcement Advanced Reaccreditation Award - With Excellence from CALEA on November 21, 2015, at the CALEA Conference in Miami, FL.

Award


CALEA Accreditation is an international award recognizing professional excellence in law enforcement and is considered the "Gold Standard in Public Safety." This is the fourth law enforcement full accreditation award for the agency.

Process


To receive this accredited status the Alcoa Police Department went through a rigorous three day, on-site assessment process in August, 2015, to demonstrate that the agency met the professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. The Department was required to comply with 459 law enforcement standards to obtain this accreditation.
Officers of the Alcoa Police Department posing holding their award certificate
A team of two assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Incorporated (CALEA), examined all aspects of the Alcoa Police Department:
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Policy and procedures
  • Support services

Verification & Reaccreditation


Verification by the team that the Alcoa Police Department met the Commission's state of the art standards was part of the voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The assessment team reported to the CALEA Commission that the Alcoa Police Department is in compliance with all applicable standards.

The Alcoa Police Department on Saturday, November 21, 2015, participated in a hearing regarding their accreditation assessment and the full Commission approved the Reaccreditation With Excellence of the Alcoa Police Department on that same date.

Maintaining Accreditation


To maintain accredited status, the Alcoa Police Department must continue to comply with all applicable standards. The agency submits annual reports to the Commission attesting to continued compliance and reporting changes or difficulties experienced during the year. Annually, the agency will be reviewed electronically by a Compliance Service Member to verify compliance. At a conclusion of a four year period, the Commission offers the agency an opportunity to repeat the process and to continue accredited status in the future through another on-site assessment.

Benefits


CALEA accreditation benefits law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve through a management tool that promotes greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against lawsuits, support from local government officials and in increased community advocacy.

For More Information


For more information visit the CALEA website.