Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Public Affairs Branch (502) 782-1780
National Law Enforcement Group Renews Kentucky State Police Accreditation
Date of News Release: 08/07/2006
(FRANKFORT, Ky--- The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) has renewed its endorsement of the Kentucky State Police (KSP) based on the agency's performance in 446 "best practice" standards developed for law enforcement organizations throughout the country.
"This achievement represents a dedicated commitment by all Kentucky State Police employees to constantly improve the quality of service they provide to the citizens of the commonwealth," says KSP Commissioner Jack Adams.
The purpose of CALEA's accreditation program is to improve delivery of law enforcement services by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners throughout the country, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics. It recognizes professional achievements by offering an orderly and voluntary process for addressing and complying with applicable standards.
"The Kentucky State Police initially received CALEA accreditation in March of 2003 after a rigorous evaluation of the agency's programs, activities and operations," explains Adams. This led to a focus on strengthening areas such as responsibilities and relationships with other agencies; organization, management and administration; personnel administration; auxiliary and technical support and law enforcement operation and support. "The analysis had an impact on all agency personnel, both sworn and civilian," he notes.
The accreditation renewal process culminated in May of 2006 when KSP hosted three law enforcement professionals from outside Kentucky for a week-long, on-site review. These assessors visited KSP headquarters and selected posts and branches throughout the state, interviewing personnel and reviewing policies, procedures, documentations and proofs of compliance. Their evaluation was positive and they recommended that the Commission renew the agency's credentials.
According to Adams, pursuit of CALEA accreditation has aided KSP in areas such as long range operational and strategic plans; expanded crime prevention and community involvement; increased feedback from communities, victims and employees; initiation of a career development program; expanded training opportunities; coordinated missing persons response and enhanced victim assistance efforts.
Other potential benefits of CALEA accreditation include controlled liability insurance costs, administrative improvements, greater accountability from supervisors and increased governmental and community support.
"CALEA certification is a healthy process that is well worth the effort," says Adams. "It requires us to step back, objectively evaluate ourselves and, if needed, make adjustments that will move the Kentucky State Police forward in its mission of protecting the citizens of Kentucky."
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by four major law enforcement membership associations: 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). Its members represent approximately 80 percent of the law enforcement profession in the United States.