Henderson Police Department Receives Prestigious CALEA Gold Standard with Excellence Accreditation
March 27, 2014
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Henderson, Nev. – The Henderson Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in Nevada to earn the Gold Standard Accreditation with Excellence from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
CALEA introduced the Gold Standard Assessment in 2011 for agencies voluntarily seeking a higher level of evaluation during the reaccreditation process. The assessment format focuses on operational processes and outcomes associated with standards specific to agency policies, in addition to the file-by-file review that takes place during a traditional reaccreditation. The Department has been CALEA accredited since 2002, and was reaccredited in 2005, 2008 and 2011.
A team of CALEA assessors spent three days in December observing Department activities and conducting community interviews that included city leadership, Henderson Chamber of Commerce, community volunteers, the media, legal and judicial officers and other area law enforcement agencies. They also collected comments from the community at a public meeting.
Police Chief Patrick Moers asked the CALEA assessors to take a hard look at such areas as use of force, personnel structure and processes, and training. The assessor team was impressed by the Department’s high state of operational readiness, and the knowledge and enthusiasm demonstrated by sworn officers and civilian employees.
“The Henderson community can be proud their police department achieved the highest possible standard for reaccreditation with great acclaim from the review board,” said Chief Moers. “Pursuing the Gold Standard and attaining it with Excellence shows our continued commitment to professionalism and integrity.”
Chief Moers appeared before the Commission on Saturday, March 22, during the spring conference in Grove City, Calif.
CALEA has set standards, procedures and best practices that agencies are required to meet before receiving accreditation. Of the approximate 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the country, about one in every three are accredited.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations. CALEA accreditation serves as a management model and benchmark of standards for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Barbados.
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