Surprise Police complete a multi-year CALEA accreditation process
Surprise, AZ (November 29, 2016) Chief Terry Young is pleased to announce that the Surprise Police Department has once again successfully completed a multi-year process designed to recognize professionalism in law enforcement through achievement of accredited status with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®).
The Surprise Police Department received their initial accreditation on November 17, 2007, and received two subsequent reaccreditations in November of 2010 and 2013. On November 5, 2016, the Surprise Police Department was awarded their third reaccreditation from CALEA, and fourth overall award.
The purpose and mission of CALEA is two-fold. First, to establish a body of standards designed to increase agency efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of public safety services; and second, to establish and administer a series of credentialing programs through which public safety agencies can demonstrate voluntarily that they meet an established set of internationally recognized law enforcement standards leading to excellence in management and service delivery.
The CALEA Accreditation Process, itself, is a proven management model. Once implemented, it presents an agency’s Chief Executive Officer with a blueprint that promotes efficient resource management and enhances service delivery - regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency. The more than 400 standards upon which CALEA’s Programs are based reflect best practices in the law enforcement arena.
Agencies receive their awards after participating in a 36-month process that involves a commitment of personnel and other resources. During this period, all aspects of the agency’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services undergo a comprehensive examination. In addition, each agency conducts a detailed self-assessment and participates in an on-site review by a team of outside CALEA Assessors composed of experienced law enforcement professionals. The local community is also notified of the process and given an opportunity to provide their comments and observations. An on-site assessment was conducted of the Surprise Police Department by CALEA Assessors on August 8-11, 2016, and the Department was recognized for their third reaccreditation (fourth overall accreditation), which was awarded on November 5, 2016, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Some of the benefits that law enforcement agencies receive as a result of their accredited status with CALEA include:
- Validation that policies comply with professionally developed law enforcement standards,
- Scheduled review process for policies to ensure SPD continues to employ and develop progressive policies that reflect best practices in law enforcement,
- Promotion of fair recruitment, selection, and promotional processes,
- Enhanced administrative and operational efficiency and effectiveness,
- Advanced capability to generate reports and analyses to make informed management decisions,
- Higher level of accountability by Department members at all levels,
- Reduction of liability and risk exposure, and
- Greater public confidence in the agency and its members.
The CALEA Accreditation Process has proven to be of great benefit to both the agency and the community. It requires that the agency conform to procedures that are consistent with internationally recognized, progressive law enforcement standards. This is the foundation for competent, responsible, and ethical service to the public. It also requires the agency to take a thorough, introspective look at its mission, objectives, and operation. This results in a process of evaluation that allows the agency to revise its strategic plan in order to respond to the needs of an ever-changing community. Accreditation is a key component in any law enforcement agency’s ability to perform in the present and plan for the future, and it has proven to be an effective and innovative management model. Because “We are YOUR Police,” the men and women of the Surprise Police Department are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in law enforcement and providing the community with exceptional police services. The Surprise Police Department voluntarily participates in the law enforcement accreditation process, and will continue to do so into the future.
left to right: CALEA Executive Director Craig Hartley, Police Chief Terry Young, Accreditation Manager Debra Stewart, Commander Christine DeSanti, Accreditation Team Member Tina Jennings, and CALEA Commission Chair Richard Myers.