I am very excited to let you all know that we have been working on our CALEA Accreditation. When I share this information with our citizens, the same questions usually come up.
What is it?
While there are a variety of different accreditations that law enforcement agencies can attain, for sheriff’s offices there are three primary ones, commonly referred to as the Triple Crown. These are the three points to the crown:
NCCHA: National Commission on Correctional Healthcare. As the name implies, this accreditation is for the jail’s medical unit. I am proud to say that we have that distinction.
ACA: American Correctional Association. This accreditation is for the operation of the jail. We are just around the corner to getting this one as well.
CALEA: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This accreditation is for all components of the department except for those operations that take place within the secure perimeter of the jail. I am happy to relay that this is what we are working on now.
CALEA is an independent, non-government organization. The standards which must be complied with to attain CALEA accreditation are recognized state-wide. CALEA is governed by a board of commissioners comprised mainly of law enforcement executives from across the county, but the board also includes college professors, a mayor, a judge, and a state senator. While CALEA is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, Colorado is well represented. Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson and Colorado Springs Police Chief Richard Myers are both CALEA commissioners.
Why are we trying to achieve this?
In the world of law enforcement, the CALEA standards are generally considered to be the ‘best practices’. By attaining accreditation, we will demonstrate both to ourselves and to the community we serve that we are “doing it right”.