The Lethbridge Police Service has received its seventh accreditation certificate from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) following a comprehensive audit confirming compliance with more than 480 of the highest standards in policing.
In early December a team of assessors conducted an on-site review of the Service’s policies and practices and last week Chief Rob Davis travelled to Mobile, Alabama to appear before an accreditation panel comprised of three CALEA commissioners and two CALEA regional program managers. After several questions about the Service, LPS officially received its reaccreditation certificate.
“Our ongoing commitment to CALEA is a way to measure ourselves against other agencies and consistently ensure our policies and procedures are in line with international best practices,” said Chief Davis. “CALEA accreditation is a step well above and beyond the provincial standards all law enforcement agencies in Alberta are required to meet.”
Davis noted during the presentation in Mobile, the CALEA panel praised LPS for its robust use of force policies. It was also noted that during the on-site inspection, the Service’s exhibit processing and storage procedures are one of the best the assessors have seen in North America and will be used as a best practice referral for other law enforcement agencies.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our Accreditation Coordinator, Jodie Kelly and Policy Analyst, Erin Lix, for their diligence and attention to detail throughout the accreditation process as well as all of our officers and civilian staff who work hard to ensure we maintain compliance and continue to meet the high standards we have set for ourselves,” added Davis.
Over 900 agencies across North America, including eight in Canada, are accredited. LPS received its first accreditation in 1999 and has been re-accredited six times since.
CALEA has established a comprehensive set of 484 standards that are the highest in policing. The standards cover everything from law enforcement operations and relationships with other agencies to administration and support services. The goal is to ensure existing practices, policies and procedures conform to CALEA standards.
The Police Service acknowledges the need to be publicly accountable and accreditation enables the organization to consistently measure its actions against a set of internationally recognized standards and best practices. These standards continually evolve and as a result, our policies, procedures, training and operations evolve with them.