Gainesville, Virginia, September 2, 2021─ The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), the Gold Standard in Public Safety, is pleased to announce the reappointment of six commissioners. Chief Bartram Connelly (Ret.),Cape Coral, Florida; Sheriff Kevin Joyce, Cumberland County, Maine; Chief Marlon Lynch, Michigan State University; Senator Darrell Weaver, Oklahoma State Senate; Chief Barry Rountree (Ret.),Winston-Salem, North Carolina and; Professor Joseph Schafer, Saint Louis University, Missouri. The reappointments are effective January 1, 2022.
Commissioners are appointed in consultation with the four founding organizations and serve without compensation. The 21-member Commission is made up of eleven law enforcement practitioners with the balance selected from the public and private sectors. The Commission meets to review candidate agencies for accreditation and provide policy guidance for Commission operations. The knowledge and experience they bring to CALEA ensures the organization continues to meet its mission of promoting professionalism within the field of public safety. CALEA is thankful for their support and willingness to serve.
About CALEA The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (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); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
Specifically, CALEA’s 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; and Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency. This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer board of commissioners. __________________________________________________________________________ Source: W. Craig Hartley, Jr., CALEA Executive Director, (703) 352-4225, Extension 37 www.calea.org