What does CALEA stand for?

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies The on-site assessment, conducted by a team of trained assessors verifies the agency’s compliance with standards by checking its proofs and interviewing operations and management personnel. The assessors also conduct a public hearing to elicit citizens’ comments. The lead assessor writes a detailed report of the team’s finding, which is forwarded through staff to the Board of Commissioners. During hearings conducted at its three annual meetings, the Commission evaluates assessment reports, receives testimony, and either awards or defers accreditation. Upon achieving accreditation the agency must be re-accredited every three years in order to maintain its status.

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