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NCJ Number: 121291 Find in a Library
Title: Police Accreditation (From Police and Policing: Contemporary Issues, P 247-256, 1989, Dennis Jay Kenney, ed. -- See NCJ-121271)
Author(s): S Greenberg
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Praeger Publishers
Westport, CT 06881
Sale Source: Praeger Publishers
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Accreditation is increasingly used for law enforcement agencies, and its development in law enforcement has paralleled that in hospitals, colleges, and universities.
Abstract: After almost a decade of planning under LEAA funding, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA) was established in 1979 to oversee a voluntary accreditation program for law enforcement agencies. Four leading law enforcement organizations took part in the development of accreditation standards. The categories of standards include the law enforcement role, organization and administration, the personnel structure, the personnel process, law enforcement operations, operation support, traffic operations, prisoners and court-related activities, and auxiliary and technical services. The accreditation process is voluntary and consists of seven steps: application, completion of the agency questionnaire, self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review, award ceremony, and reaccreditation. Critics of accreditation cite its cost, the imposition of a national program on State and local agencies, the time and resources involved, and the inadequacy of some of the standards. However, support for accreditation is growing, and about 700 agencies have become involved in the process. 7 references.
Main Term(s): Police accreditation
Index Term(s): Accreditation standards; Police standards
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