The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies; CALEA®, was formed in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
CALEA’s accreditation program for Public Safety Communications is a joint effort by the Commission, and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International - APCO®
Accreditation provides the agency with a management model that meets internationally accepted standards of professional excellence with a focus on:
- Legal and Constitutional Issues
- Life, health, and safety of personnel in the communication center
- Desirable management and work practices
- Essential operational and administrative policies
Your Emergency Communications Department is proud to be accredited by two different Law Enforcement Accreditation organizations. The second is the New York State Sheriffs’ Association; NYSSA®. The New York State Sheriffs' Association was formed in 1934. A not-for-profit association created to assist Sheriffs in the efficient and effective delivery of services to the public across the state.
The standards from both groups formalize essential policies & procedures. They assure fair and non-discriminatory practices. They improve service delivery and efficiency. They solidify interagency cooperation and coordination and they boost confidence in the agency.
Accreditation provides the tools. Whether the tools are used is up to the agency.
If utilized properly they help the agency identify the need for change and maintain consistency in the operation in daily record-keeping and ensuring employees work in a safe, secure, and prepared workplace.