District Police Department Receives National Recognition with CALEA® Accreditation
On July 31, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the internationally-recognized Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) awarded the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department with its official accreditation, becoming one of only twelve CALEA-accredited agencies in California. This awards ceremony recognized 82 law enforcement agencies from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. East Bay Regional Parks Police was the only California agency recognized at the Las Vegas conference.
The CALEA accreditation programs involve a comprehensive review of a law enforcement agency's organization, management, operations and administration. The accreditation process begins with a self-assessment examination by the agency to determine whether it complies with all applicable standards. It concludes with an on-site inspection by CALEA assessors and a final review hearing by the commission. Participation in the CALEA accreditation program is voluntary, but successful completion provides a law enforcement agency with a nationally recognized award of excellence and professional achievement.
To receive accreditation, the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department participated in an intense three-year process, complying with over 400 primary and nearly 1,200 overall standards set forth by the commission. These standards touched on every facet of the department from administrative to operational services.
Pat O'Brien, General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District attended the accreditation ceremony. "I'm especially proud of our Public Safety Division under the leadership of Police Chief Tim Anderson," stated O'Brien. "We're one of the few park districts in the nation that has its own sworn police officers. Not only do our officers patrol a vast 100,000+-acre parkland system, they also provide law enforcement services for other agencies and mutual aid assistance for nearly 40 cities in the East Bay."
At peak summer season, the East Bay Regional Park District's Public Safety Division is staffed by approximately 500 personnel, which includes 151 full-time equivalent employees (67 of whom are sworn police officers who derive their authority under California Penal Code Section 830.1). In addition, the division employs 195 seasonal lifeguards and 175 members of a Volunteer Trail Safety Patrol, and 48 industrial firefighters.
The department includes an Air Support Unit, Marine Patrol, Equestrian Patrol, K-9 Unit, Special Enforcement Unit, Investigations Unit, and a 24-hour-per-day 9-1-1 Communications Center.
"The East Bay Regional Park District Police Department takes pride not only in being a law enforcement agency that has worked hard for this prestigious recognition, but also in being an agency that has earned the respect of its community and the people it serves," stated Chief Anderson.
In its 23-page report, the on-site assessment team concluded, "The members of the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department are very proud of their organization and profession. They strive for excellence and it shows. The success of that effort is readily apparent. The agency has demonstrated that it is compliance with all applicable standards and has rightfully earned a reputation as an excellent police service." The lead assessor was Chief Michael Dickey of the Fairfield, Ohio, Police Department.
The CALEA accreditation, which is often likened to a Better Business Bureau stamp of approval for public safety agencies, communications centers and training academies, is valid for three years, at which time an accredited agency will apply for review and re-accreditation. "CALEA is actually a business model, a way of conducting business with a critical eye. Our re-accreditation effort for 2013 actually began as soon as our initial on-site team walked out the door," Anderson said.
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Photo at Accreditation Ceremony, July 2013, Columbus, Ohio
From East Bay Regional Park District – Professional Standards Sergeant David Phulps, Lieutenant Lance Brede, Administrative Analyst Nancy Morehead, Chief Tim Anderson.