On August 3 2013, in Columbus, Ohio, the internationally-recognized Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) awarded the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department with its first reaccreditation. The East Bay Regional Park District Police Department since 2010 has been one of only seventeen CALEA-accredited agencies in California. This awards ceremony recognized 65 law enforcement agencies from the United States and Mexico. East Bay Regional Parks Police was the only California agency recognized at the Ohio conference in 2013.
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 reaccreditation, 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.
More information about the commission, standards and process is at www.calea.org.