Calea Public Notice

You’re Invited to Participate!

How does the Village of North Palm Beach Police Department ensure it continues to meet international law enforcement accreditation?

You’re invited to participate in that discussion by providing comments as the North Palm Beach Police Department pursues its second re-accreditation.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is a seal of approval from an independent body indicating that an organization meets or exceeds industry standards.  In many fields, like medicine and law, obtaining accreditation is essential.  For law enforcement, it is a more recent and purely voluntary option.  The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) is the body that has set certain professional standards in policing.  Over 600 national and international police agencies from Mexico and Canada are accredited.  The North Palm Beach Police Department joined those agencies by becoming initially accredited in April 2008.

How Does Accreditation Work?

CALEA has established a comprehensive set of 481 standards that are seen as the highest in policing.  The standards cover everything from law enforcement operations to relationships with other agencies to administration and support services. The goal is to ensure existing practices, policies, and procedures comply with CALEA Standards.  The North Palm Beach Police Department has been in the three year re-accreditation phase of the Accreditation Process to ensure that our policies and procedures continue to meet the CALEA standards.

Why Pursue Re-Accreditation?

In pursuing re-accreditation and creating a set of standards that are internationally recognized as the best in law enforcement, the North Palm Beach Police Department continues to acknowledge the need to be publicly accountable for its actions.  By consistently measuring those actions against stated policies, you, the public have a way to objectively judge our performance. This increases the confidence within the agency and among the public, providing the Department with the ability to perform its duties as effectively as possible.

Getting Your Input

CALEA is sending an assessment team here to report on the state of the North Palm Beach Police Department’s continued compliance with the standards. This report will then determine if CALEA will re-accredit the Department.  As part of the assessment, members of the community and law enforcement personnel are invited to comment on our ability to comply with the accreditation standards.  There are three ways to do this:

In Person: A public information session will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 7:00 P.M., at the North Palm Beach Village Council Chambers 501 U.S. #1, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408

By Telephone: Call (561) 904-2145 on Monday, April 10, 2017, between the hours of 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

By Mail: Write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

A copy of the CALEA Standards is available for viewing at the North Palm Beach Police Department, 560 US #1, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408

Note: Telephone comments and appearances at the pubic information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards.

For more information on accreditation please contact Chief Richard E. Jenkins at (561) 841- 3376.

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