| Police Department Receives Coveted Accreditation for Second Time
The Andover Police Department received its initial accreditation by CALEA in 2013, having demonstrated compliance with a comprehensive set of over 360 police standards which are based on best practices that reflect the current thinking and experience of national law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Three years later, in December of 2015, the agency went through a second on-site, 4-day assessment, demonstrating its continued compliance with these CALEA standards. On April 2, 2016, Chief Keller, along with the department’s accreditation manager Lt. Buck Buchanan, Investigations Commander Captain Justin Phillips, Communications Director Becky Tapia and Andover City Administrator Mark Detter appeared before CALEA’s full board of commissioners to answer questions. At the conclusion of the hearing, the board of commissioners unanimously approved the Andover Police Department’s request for re-accreditation and awarded CALEA’s “Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation.”
Andover’s Police Chief Mike Keller feels receiving the Re-Accreditation is significant because it demonstrates not only the agency’s ability to comply with nationally accepted standards, but also shows that the men and women that make up the Andover Police Department actually lived these standards over the past 3 years.
Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for a law enforcement agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to public safety excellence. This coveted designation is considered the highest standard of excellence in law enforcement. With this re-accreditation, the Andover Police Department remains in an elite class of the top 3 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the country, and one of only eight law enforcement agencies in Kansas that are currently accredited.
The accreditation award is granted for a four-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports and remote file inspections, attesting to continued compliance with all applicable standards. During each four-year cycle, another on-site assessment is conducted by CALEA assessors in order to maintain the Advanced Accreditation status.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major national law enforcement associations whose members represent approximately 80% of the law enforcement profession in this nation. They include: 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). It derives its accreditation authority from those agencies that voluntarily participate in the accreditation program. Its goal is to improve the delivery of law enforcement services to the public by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics.