Police Department Earns 7th Reaccreditation
On 11/16 Bartlett Police Department formally accepted its seventh reaccreditation award in Covington, Kentucky from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The department was initially accredited on November 22, 1997, making this the police department’s eighth accreditation award overall. Police departments are eligible for accreditation every four years, and Bartlett's previous re-accreditation was awarded in November 2015.
Successful accreditation is a mark of law enforcement excellence. CALEA seeks to improve law enforcement service by maintaining a national body of standards developed by law enforcement professionals. It recognizes professional achievement by administering an accreditation process through which a law enforcement agency can demonstrate that it meets professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. Participation in the CALEA process is voluntary and only three percent of police departments nationwide choose to undergo accreditation.
Bartlett Police Department was also awarded the status of “Accreditation with Excellence” for a fifth consecutive time. This designation is awarded to police agencies for continually demonstrating excellence in commitment to the CALEA accreditation process and a willingness to share its policies, procedures and the accreditation process with all other CALEA agencies. Bartlett is very proud to have attained this prestigious honor in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2015, and now in 2019. Very few accredited agencies have achieved “Accreditation with Excellence” five times.
Accreditation is an ongoing process. During the next four years, CALEA assessors will annually review the police department’s policies, procedures, and proofs of compliance to determine adherence to the CALEA standards and make any recommendations for improvement. These reviews will help to ensure the police department will be ready for its next site-based assessment in July 2023.