The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) recently received its 11th national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

In 1986, the GPD was the first law enforcement agency in North Carolina to receive CALEA accreditation and it has maintained that accreditation now for 35 years.

CALEA is the leading credentialing agency for law enforcement organizations in the country and is considered the gold standard of public safety.

CALEA reviewed GPD policies and procedures every year for four years to verify compliance.  At the end of the fourth year, a team of CALEA assessors examined all aspects of the GPD including community engagement, policies, procedures, equipment and facilities.  Members of the community were interviewed as well as GPD employees.

The CALEA commission voted unanimously to award the GPD re-accreditation.

Greensboro Police Chief Brian James in a press release said, “I am very proud of everyone in our department for helping to earn this eleventh award. The continued commitment of every employee to pursue excellence in serving our community is what makes our department special.”

CALEA President Anthony Purcell, Chief of Police for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department said, “This award of accreditation does not come easy.  By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards.  Each community with CALEA accredited agencies should be confident that their public safety organization is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.”

Less than 10 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the US are accredited through CALEA.

The GPD and CALEA have a long history together.  The executive director of CALEA is Craig Hartley, a former Greensboro assistant police chief.  Hartley took over after Sylvester Daughtry, a retired Greensboro police chief, retired as executive director of CALEA in 2013.