The Olivette Police Department was awarded national accreditation on Saturday, May 4, 2019, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in the Law Enforcement program.
Following a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Chief Richard Knox, Lt. David Wolf, and Sgt. Beth Andreski attended the 2019 Huntsville CALEA Conference. Each agency being reviewed goes before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agencies’ accreditation status.
CALEA President Richard Myers and Executive Director Craig Hartley awarded the Olivette Police Department with accreditation, signifying excellence in public safety and commitment to the community. The Olivette Police Department now moves into CALEA’s four-year Accreditation cycle that includes four annual remote, web-based file reviews and a site-based assessment in the fourth year.
In 1979, the Commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations; the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.
The purpose of the Commission is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is how a public safety agency voluntarily demonstrates how it meets professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
“This award of accreditation does not come easy,” said CALEA President Richard Myers, Chief of Newport News Police Department. “Agencies must go through a rigorous review and evaluation of their organization and then implement the necessary policy and procedure changes. The process does not stop at that point. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards. Each community with CALEA accredited agencies should feel confident that their public safety organization is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.”
Pictured left to right: CALEA Commissioner Anthony B. Purcell, Sgt. Beth Andreski, Chief Richard Knox, Lt. David Wolf, and CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley Jr.