A Closer Look at Accreditation Standards
Here is a glance at what a campus law enforcement agency pursuing accreditation through a national organization can expect. The publications Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies, 5th Edition, and CALEA Process and Programs Guide, provide more details.
- The agency must develop a uniform set of written directives for how to reach administrative and operational goals and provide direction to personnel.
- Standards cover roles, responsibilities, and relationships; organization, management, and administration; personnel structure and personnel process; operations and operation support; and auxiliary and technical services.
- These standards help law enforcement agencies strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities; formalize essential management procedures; establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; improve service-delivery; solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and boost confidence in the agency.
- Standards cover training, patrol, criminal investigation, crime prevention, special operations, victim/witness assistance, traffic, and communication.
- As an example, one area on "Role and Authority" is broken down into several rules concerning several high liability and risk exposure issues, including:
- Employees must abide by a canon or code of ethics adopted by the department.
- A written directive must define the legal authority and responsibilities of the protective service personnel.
- A written directive must govern search and seizure without a warrant by agency personnel.
- A written directive prohibits bias-based profiling.
- A written directive states personnel will use reasonable force when force is used for lawful objectives.
- Employees must receive proficiency training in the use of weapons and annual training in the use of force.