The Wilmington Police Department was awarded Advanced Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) when the Commission met on November 19, 2011. The achievement is a multi-year process designed to attain internationally acknowledged law enforcement accreditation.
“National accreditation is a mark of distinction in the field of law enforcement,” Chief Evangelous said. “We are proud of attaining Advanced Accreditation, which means we complied with nearly 500 standards of excellence. The lengthy process involved a lot of hard work from many within the Wilmington Police Department, as well as the cooperation and support of the City of Wilmington and our partner agencies in the area.”
The Wilmington Police Department now joins other law enforcement agencies around the country whose policies and procedures have been recognized as best practices. The Wilmington Police Department is the first agency in the tri-county region (Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover Counties) to achieve Advanced Accreditation.
During the past three years, all aspects of the Wilmington Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support service were examined and scrutinized in great detail. The Department was reviewed twice by outside CALEA Assessment Teams, including the final on-site phase of the process in August 2011. The local community was notified of the process and given an opportunity to submit their comments and observations during the final on-site assessment.
CALEA was established as a private, non-profit accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriff’s Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The Commission has 21 members; 11 of whom are law enforcement practitioners, with the remaining 10 from the public and private sectors.
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