The St. Charles County Police Department has been named the eighth law enforcement agency in the St. Louis area and the 13th in the state to currently hold Advanced Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies [CALEA].
The department spent three years assessing and evaluating its policies and procedures as part of the credentialing procedure.
“There are 657 law enforcement agencies in Missouri. To be one of only a handful in our state to have earned advanced accreditation from an organization that sets the gold standard for law enforcement is a remarkable honor,” St. Charles County Police Chief David Todd said. “Being accredited by CALEA standards means we are held accountable to the public and to ourselves. We have to follow all of our policies and procedures to the letter and uphold the standards that make us one of the best.”
CALEA is a credentialing authority established through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police [IACP], National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives [NOBLE], National Sheriffs’ Association [NSA] and the Police Executive Research Forum [PERF].
The voluntary, yet arduous, accreditation process is internationally recognized as the gold standard in public safety. The Tier II, or Advanced Accreditation, by CALEA includes 484 possible standards. A team of assessors from CALEA spent four days on site evaluating every aspect of the department, Todd said.
“We learned how good we already were at some things, and how we could, and can, improve upon others,” Todd said. “Overall, the CALEA assessors and commissioner were extremely impressed with our department’s operations.”