Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was formed in 1979 to establish a body of standards designed to:
  • Increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime;
  • Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services;
  • Increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other agencies of the criminal justice system; and,
  • Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency.
The Commission expects accredited agencies to maintain compliance and live by the letter and spirit of the standards. The agency must consider its mission, its legally mandated responsibilities, and the demands of its service community in determining which standards are applicable to it and how it will comply with applicable standards.