The Parker Police Department began the process of Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation nationally, through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2009. CALEA provides credentialing services for law enforcement agencies, public safety communications agencies, as well as public safety training academies. The Parker Police Department received certification for Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation in March of 2013, and in 2018, received Accreditation award with Excellence. The current accreditation model is assessed annually, with a final on-site review every four years.
The Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation is specifically designed for elite organizations striving to demonstrate professional excellence within a comprehensive range of operational and administrative functional responsibilities. Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation results in a highly performing organization with the capacity to address any operational or administrative challenges and serve as an industry leader. Agencies participating in this program are prepared for the management of life, health, and safety issues, ensuring issues ranging from community engagement to sound personnel practices are addressed.
The purpose of CALEA's Advanced Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services. This will be accomplished 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. This provides for:
Greater accountability within the department
Reduced risk and liability exposure
Stronger defense against civil lawsuits
Staunch support from government officials
Increased community advocacy and involvement
The Parker Police Department is also state accredited through the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. The standards for this accreditation usually go hand in hand with the CALEA standards. To maintain this status, Parker Police will undergo a regular review process to ensure the department appropriately reflects new techniques, changes to laws, and procedures.
Communications Accreditation (CALEA)
In March 2015, the Department was awarded accreditation for the Communications Section. The CALEA Public Safety Communication Accreditation Program provides the Communications Division with a process to systematically review and assess their operations and procedures. This process will accomplish:
A well-thought-out uniform set of written directives
A preparedness program in place so the Communications Section will be ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences
Improve on the relationship with the community and other agencies it services
Strengthen the Police Department’s accountability, both within the agency and the community
Property & Evidence Room Accreditation
The Property and Evidence Section achieved accreditation through the International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE) in March of 2014. The Parker Police Department was one of the first agencies to receive this accreditation in the nation. The IAPE accreditation is a review of the section’s standards, documentation, procedures, and actions as they relate to the industry’s best practices.
For more information on this process, please contact Accreditation Manager Sheila Setzer at 303.805.6590 or email us.