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National Accreditation
The Roanoke County Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in southwest Virginia to become nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Roanoke County Police Department was first accredited in 1992, then reaccredited in 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006. The Department will be up for reaccredidation in August of 2012.

Professionalism in law enforcement has developed over the years. Several organizations have fostered this movement: the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriff's Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). In 1979, these four organizations created CALEA to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process.

CALEA created standards that address nine major law enforcement subjects:
  • Role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies
  • Organization, management and administration
  • Personnel structure
  • Personnel process
  • Operations
  • Operational support
  • Traffic operations
  • Prisoner and court-related activities
  • Auxiliary and technical services

These standards help law enforcement agencies meet the following goals:
  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • Boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency

For more information on CALEA go to http://calea.org/