CALEA-The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

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The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.



CALEA was created in 1979 to become the first independent law enforcement authority for credentialing of full time law enforcement.  CALEA is a private, not-for-profit entity.  Twenty five percent of the nation's full time state and local law enforcement officers utilize CALEA accreditation programs.

CALEA is meant to improve public safety services by maintaining credible standards.  Esteemed public safety practioners develop these standards.  The CALEA accreditation process is well established and vigorously administered.  Professional excellence is recognized through an awards program.

The DeWitt Police Department began their journey to CALEA accreditation in 2010.  There are five general steps to the accreditation process.

  • Enrollment
  • Self-Assessment
  • On-Site Assessment
  • Commission Review & Decision
  • Maintaining Compliance & Reaccreditation

In August 2013, the DeWitt Police Department received their Certificate of Accreditation and became a fully accredited law enforcement agency for a 3 year period.   

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The DeWitt Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to obtain its first Re-Accreditation status by verifying that it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a Public Information Session on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:30pm.  The session will be conducted at DeWitt City Hall, 510 9th Street, DeWitt, IA 52742.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (563)659-3145 on Monday, April 4, 2016 between the hours of 2pm and 4pm or by emailing between April 3-5, 2016.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the Public Information Session, are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards are available at the DeWitt Police Department. Local contact is Accreditation Manager, Officer Matthew Whalen at (563)659-3145.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the DeWitt Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.