Accreditation Awarded to DepartmentIn August of 2010 the Valparaiso Police Department completed a goal established four years earlier and was awarded accreditation through the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The Valparaiso Police Department became the 13th police agency to receive a CALEA accreditation in Indiana and just over 500 nationally.
Review & AnalysisIn January of 2004, Chief Brickner and his administrative staff started a review and analysis of the Valparaiso Police Department. The goal was to identify the strengths and areas of the department where updating or improvement would be useful. With various attributes of the department identified, they began making improvements.
2013-2016 Calea Assessment Summary
The dynamic nature of policing requires the review and analysis process to be constant. Without introspection, our ability to stay current with modern and acceptable policing practices is at a disadvantage.
A police department can stay contemporary through accreditation. Accreditation is a proven method of guiding growth and change for organizations. Therefore, in July 2006, Chief Brickner made the decision to pursue accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
- National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
- Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)