South Bend Police Department Press Release

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

 

South Bend PD Seeks Law Enforcement Accreditation

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The South Bend Police Department has begun a process to achieve accreditation as a Certified Law Enforcement Organization. The certification commission in which we are attempting full membership is known as the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or “CALEA”. We are doing this because accreditation tells the community, the police department itself, and all law enforcement that we know our duties and are operating correctly.

CALEA is an organization that is over 25 years old, and was established as the accreditation authority by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The Executive Directors of these four associations, which represent approximately 80% of the law enforcement profession in this nation, appoint 21 members to the Commission (11 law enforcement practitioners and 10 from the public-private sector); an endorsement requires a majority vote for each appointment.

Currently the South Bend Police Department is in year-one of a three year process to achieve accreditation. In this time all of the standards and practices of the department will be analyzed, evaluated and re-written as necessary. When complete, we will be assured that the South Bend Police Department’s standard operating procedures and methods are sound and in compliance with national and international policing standards.

We invite members of the media to contact our department and allow us to discuss the benefits to the community and the police department that independent accreditation will bring. We can also discuss cost and the actual process of evaluation and inspection of our department by an independent commission. In the mean time, we suggest you visit these web sites to see what we are attempting to achieve for better policing in and for the community:

http://www.calea.org/ http://www.inpac.org/





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