Accreditation

Law Enforcement Accreditation provides an opportunity for the Graham Police Department to demonstrate voluntarily that it meets professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service-delivery. The Department was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 1998. The process is much like accreditation for colleges and universities and for medical institutions requiring adherence to standards of performance that prescribe “what” agencies should be doing, but not “how” they should be doing it. That decision is left up to our agency and the Chief of Police.

The standards were developed to help law enforcement agencies achieve the following:

  • Increase agency capabilities to prevent and control crime
  • Enhance agency effectiveness and efficiency
  • Improve cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other components of the criminal justice system
  • Increase citizen and staff confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency

There are a wide variety of both direct and intangible benefits the Department receives in its association with this management tool. A few are described here:

  • Controlled liability exposure
  • Greater accountability
  • Increased community advocacy
  • Improved employee morale

To receive additional information about accreditation, please contact the GPD Accreditation Manager Sergeant Crystal O’Neal at (336) 570-6711 ext. 206, Email csharpe@cityofgraham.com or connect to the CALEA home page at http://www.calea.org

The Graham Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.