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- C.A.L.E.A. Accreditation
"The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.,(C.A.L.E.A.) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations."
"The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence."
"Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program provides a communications center, or the communications unit of a public safety agency, with a process to systemically review and internally assess their operations and procedures. Since the first CALEA Communication Accreditation Award was granted in 1999, the program has become the primary method for a communications agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence."
"The standards upon which the Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program is based, reflect the current thinking and experience of public safety communications executives and accreditation experts. APCO International (Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International, Inc.), the leading communications membership association, was a partner in the development of CALEA's Standards for Public Safety Communications Agencies and its Accreditation Program. This relationship continues today as APCO recognizes the achievements of CALEA Accredited Public Safety Communications agencies and supports accreditation." Read more about the Public Safety Communications Standards of Accreditation here.
In March of 2008, our Sheriff, our Communications Supervisor, and our Academy Director, all went to Atlanta Georgia to receive the C.A.L.E.A. Accreditation Trophies.
The Sheriff was presented with the Tri-Arc Accreditation Trophy.
"The Tri-Arc Award is given to the governing bodys and agencies that have concurrent CALEA accreditation for their law enforcement, public safety communications and public safety training agencies."
The EL Paso County Sheriff's Office is the first and only Sheriff's Office currently in the World with the Tri-Arc Accreditation.
On March 27th, 2008, the Sheriff presented the employees with the Accreditation Trophies. All Sheriff's Office employees were invited to attend the presentation that was held in the new "Sheriff's Office Headquarters."
(Info in quotations was obtained from the CALEA Website)