Greensboro Police Department Earns Highest Level of Accreditation
GREENSBORO, NC (Jan. 10, 2018) – The Greensboro Police Department was recognized by City leadership last night for earning the highest level of accreditation offered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
GPD underwent a CALEA gold standard assessment and received the CALEA Accreditation with Excellence Award. The Accreditation with Excellence Award is the highest level of achievement awarded by CALEA and demonstrates excellence in the delivery of public safety services. Requirements for receiving the award include participating in a Gold Standard assessment; maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
The Accreditation with Excellence Award was presented to GPD at a conference in Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 18, by CALEA, the leading credentialing agency for law enforcement organizations.
“With this accomplishment, GPD has once again demonstrated that we have one of the most competent, best resourced, and professional police departments in the entire country.” said Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “Their ongoing efforts to pursue excellence and protect and serve our community are to be commended.”
Participation in CALEA assessments is voluntary. Only 5% of all agencies in the US are accredited through CALEA. An even smaller percentage of agencies have earned Gold Standard Excellence recognition.
“I’m immensely proud of the men and women of GPD for earning this recognition,” said Police Chief Wayne Scott. “The CALEA standards are rigorous. Although the formal reaccreditation process is every four years, our employees must abide by the numerous standards every day.”
To receive accreditation status, GPD had to comply with 484 standards that cover all facets of the agency. To qualify for the award of excellence, the department had to have at least 90% compliance with standards that are not mandatory, along with no conditions or compliance issues with the current or previous assessment.
This is the second time GPD underwent a Gold Standard assessment. Introduced by CALEA in 2011, this methodology measures the impact of accreditation rather than simply confirming compliance with the standards. This type of assessment is more in-depth than previous methods.
A team from CALEA was in Greensboro June 4-7 to examine all aspects of GPD to include its policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed individuals, and visited offices and off-site locations where compliance could be witnessed. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community offered comments at a public information session.
In 1986, the Greensboro Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in North Carolina to receive CALEA accreditation. It has maintained its accreditation for 31 years. During the four-year accreditation award cycle, the agency must submit annual reports, participate in yearly file reviews, and maintain continuous compliance with applicable standards.
To read the complete 2017 Assessment Report, go to the Accreditation link under “About GPD” at www.gsopd.org
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