Where can I learn about the Police Department's CALEA Accreditation?

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc. has confirmed the Lombard Police Department’s re-accredited status. The Lombard Police Department has proudly been a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accredited department since 1991.  By maintaining its accredited status, the Lombard Police Department continues to provide law enforcement service consistent with the highest ideals of the law enforcement profession.  

In order to achieve and maintain CALEA accreditation, Lombard policies and practices were thoroughly reviewed by assessors from outside our agency to ensure that we implement and follow the best practices for law enforcement agencies recommended worldwide. Only 18% of all law enforcement agencies nationwide and 49 agencies (out of 249 municipal agencies) in Illinois are CALEA Accredited. National accreditation through CALEA means the highest standards and best management practices for operations, training, policies, practices, procedures, including those on training, use of force and biased based policing. 

Accreditation through CALEA is voluntary and continued evidence of the Lombard Police Department’s culture of ethics and demonstrated commitment to upholding the highest standards and best practices in law enforcement. The Lombard Police Department opened its files and policies for inspection by a team of assessors, chosen from police agencies across the country. The assessment team found the department to be in full compliance with more than 400 applicable 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 demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

“This achievement is important to the Village of Lombard’s residents,” said Lombard Police Chief Roy Newton. “Accreditation represents the commitment of all Lombard Police Department employees to constantly improve the quality of service provided to the citizens of Lombard.”

The police department has a public comment portal open as part of the accreditation process. Members of the public can visit https://cimrs2.calea.org/657 to make a public comment. 

For more information about the Lombard Police Department and to view annual reports, visit www.villageoflombard.org/police.

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