Mobile Police Department Receives AccreditationAugust 01, 2014
The Mobile Police Department has again received its accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This three-year accreditation marks the 20th consecutive year the Department has been awarded through this process.
MPD had an especially successful on-site assessment this year, meeting 100% of the 311 mandatory standards and 99.7% of the 72 non-mandatory standards. Only 80% compliance is required for accreditation.
The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services primarily by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives while establishing and administering an accreditation process and recognizing professional excellence.
Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
- Formalize essential management procedures
- Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
- Improve service delivery
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
- Increase community and staff confidence in the agency
According to CALEA, the Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model. Once implemented, it presents an agency’s executive staff, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location or functional responsibilities of the agency.
Ashley H. Rains
Public Information Office