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The North Palm Beach Police Department has again earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It is the fifth time since 2008 the Department has achieved the CALEA accomplishment.
CALEA accreditation serves as the international gold standard for public safety agencies. It assures residents that the Village Police Department is current with industry best practices and professional standards. By choosing to be accredited through CALEA, the Department voluntarily accepted the challenge to meet the most rigorous standards for law enforcement in the United States.
In April, a team of CALEA assessors conducted a virtual on-site assessment to examine all aspects of Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessment team is comprised of public safety practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies who review written materials, interview key people and visit places where compliance can be witnessed.
The Department had to meet 366 CALEA standards to gain re accredited status.
“We continue to strive to bring a fully professional law enforcement agency to the residents of North Palm Beach," Chief Rick Jenkins said. "It takes a special effort by our entire sworn and non-sworn staff to earn CALEA reaccreditation because we can't reach true success unless everyone on the team is contributing to our mission."
Since being reaccredited in 2017, the Department has continued improvements in neighborhood outreach, crime suppression and crime clearances. Communication between neighboring police departments continues to enhance crime prevention and response, and citizens who call 911 to report suspicious activity also are a critically important part to the crime fighting process, Chief Jenkins said.
Reaccreditation used to be for three years, but now it is for four. In that time, the Department must submit annual reports showing continued compliance with accreditation standards. The next site-based review will be in April 2025.