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05/06/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/06/2019 16:08

MPD Achieves CALEA Accreditation

MONTGOMERY - The Montgomery Police Department has been awarded the public safety gold standard in its achievement of accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. MPD received notice of its full CALEA accreditation Saturday, May 4, following its final review before the commission.

'We began working three years ago to achieve the high standards of CALEA accreditation because of our commitment to serve and protect the City of Montgomery to the very best of our ability,' said Police Chief Ernest Finley. 'We have met every benchmark required to meet these standards to increase our professional excellence,' he said.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four areas: policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services. CALEA's specific goals are to:

  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
  • Formalize essential management procedures;
  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;
  • Improve service delivery;
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination;
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency; and
  • Facilitate an agency's pursuit of excellence.

MPD is among the 5 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide and one of only 13 in Alabama to achieve CALEA accreditation. The accreditation award is for four years and requires continuance compliance.