Yes, the Atlanta Police Department (APD) has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) since March 2005. Only 729 law enforcement agencies are CALEA accredited out of over 17,000 state and local agencies (or less than 5%). APD also maintains compliance with an additional 19 State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Standards.
The CALEA Accreditation program provides public safety agencies with the opportunity to voluntarily meet an established set of professional standards. These standards require:
- Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities
- Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions
- Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents
- Community relationship-building and maintenance
- Independent review by subject matter experts
- Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures
CALEA is considered the gold standard in public safety. During the four-year accreditation award cycle, APD must maintain compliance with 363 applicable standards, keep its proofs of compliance up-to-date, and live by the letter and spirit of those standards. CALEA Compliance Service Members conduct annual web-based assessments and review all assessment documentation prior to the agency's site-based assessment. On a quadrennial basis, a team of CALEA-trained assessors conduct a site-based assessment to determine compliance withstandards, review operations, conduct a public information session, andrport its findings to the Commission for final determination of accreditationstatus.
APD has an upcoming CALEA quadrennial site-based assessment from November 16-18, 2020.