CALEA Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies


On July 28th, 2007, the New Jersey State Police received initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.), Inc., after several years of intense review and grading.

The New Jersey State Police exceeded the requirements of a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of Law Enforcement Accreditation standards, and was accredited for a third time by C.A.L.E.A. on July 28th, 2013. This Re- Accreditation represents the satisfactory completion of a thorough agency-wide self evaluation, followed by a comprehensive review by a team of independent assessors.

Accreditation brings several significant benefits. First, it provides a subscribing agency with a non-biased, independent assessment of itself as measured against industry accepted standards. Through this comparison, accreditation improves public safety services by either validating current polices and practices or mandating and facilitating the change of any non-compliant areas in order to achieve or remain accredited. When compliance with C.A.L.E.A. standards is pursued and achieved, C.A.L.E.A. accreditation becomes part of a comprehensive risk management system. In addition, with the commission's constant scrutiny of existing standards, research, development and promulgation of new standards, accreditation creates accountability to a respected bench marking group that knows the work of modern policing. Ultimately, public trust is bolstered by the transparency provided by the entire C.A.L.E.A. accreditation process. By voluntarily subscribing to this strategic and comprehensive accreditation process, the New Jersey State Police has again signaled to the citizens of New Jersey that the organization is committed to providing the most efficient, effective, proactive, constitutionally sound and risk managed law enforcement services.


C.A.L.E.A. was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

Twenty-one C.A.L.E.A. commissioners are appointed by the four founding law enforcement organizations. Eleven are law enforcement
practitioners and the remaining are selected from both the public and private sectors, including representation fromthe business community, academia and the judiciary.

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