The Lombard Police Department is proud to announce that it was awarded national accreditation for the tenth term and was selected to receive the Accreditation with Excellence Award on November 19, 2021, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®). CALEA Accreditation is known as the gold standard in public safety, with less than five percent of accredited police departments earning the Excellence Award. Lombard Police Department has been a CALEA-accredited agency since 1991.
Following a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment, and facilities by CALEA assessors, Chief Roy Newton, Deputy Chief Tom Wirsing, Deputy Chief Joe Grage and Administrative Sergeant Joe Menolascino attended a virtual CALEA Commission Review Hearing on November 19, 2021. Each agency that was reviewed went before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners where the commission reviewed all findings and determined the agencies’ accreditation status.
“This reaccreditation, now more than ever, shows our consistency, commitment, and ongoing focus on increasing community confidence in the policies and practices of our department,” commented Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton. “I attribute this award to the professionalism and assurance to excellence our police officers work towards every day to serve our community under the highest standards in public safety.”
Earning CALEA accreditation is a mark of professional excellence and is awarded for a period of four years. During this time, the Police Department will undergo annual reviews attesting continued compliance to CALEA’s standards.
CALEA was formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of 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). The commission was formed to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could voluntarily demonstrate that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
For more information about the Lombard Police Department, visit www.villageoflombard.org/police.