Accreditation

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On August 30, 2022, following a three-year voluntary assessment period the Ladue Police Department achieved full accreditation status through the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation (MPCCF). The Department will recertify in 2025.

In 2023, the Department began its transition toward accreditation (international) through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The department will have its first review in June 2026.

What is CALEA?

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) is a voluntary, non-governmental agency created in 1979 through a joint effort of law enforcement’s major executive organizations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriff’s Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily through:

  • Increased Community Advocacy: Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.
  • Stauch Support from Government Officials: Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
  • Stronger Defense Against Civil Lawsuits: Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits. Also, many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them, once they become accredited.
  • Reduced Risk and Liability Exposure: Many agencies report a reduction in their liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees.

The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery - regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.

Accreditation Public Comment Portal

The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding an agency’s compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

The access portal for the Ladue (MO) Police Department may be found here.

IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes. Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.