Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
The Burleson Police Department was the first police department in Texas to be accredited by CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The department has been re-accredited 10 times since 1987. The voluntary accreditation program for law enforcement agencies was created through the joint effort of 4 major law enforcement executive membership associations:
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
- National Sheriffs' Association
- Police Executive Research Forum
CALEA was formed more than 30 years ago. To maintain accredited status, the accredited agency must remain in compliance with applicable standards. The agency submits annual reports to the Commission to prove continued compliance and report changes or difficulties experienced during the year, including actions taken to resolve noncompliance. If necessary, the Commission reserves the right to schedule interim hearings to consider continuing accredited status if noncompliance becomes a serious issue.
At the conclusion of the 4-year period, the commission offers the agency an opportunity to repeat the process and continue accredited status into the future. At that time a team of independent assessors from other states conduct an on-site assessment of the Burleson Police Department’s compliance level. The assessment team then makes a recommendation to the Commission for their review on the agency’s status.