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The CALEA Forums: NNEPAC Radio Episode 3


In this episode, John talks about the CALEA Forums, and why every Accreditation Manager should be checking them.  As usual, the views expressed represent the speaker alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of NNEPAC or CALEA.  Always consult with your Program Manager  before attempting anything you hear on this episode.

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The CALEA Forums

The CALEA forums can be accessed at the website  Every CALEA Practitioner should have a log in for this website.  After logging in, the tab on the top right is labeled “Forums”.  The tab gives the user three or four options:

Public:  A forum available to the public.  There is not much content here.

CALEA Forum II and why is it called that.  Basically the CALEA Forum was named the CALEA Forum II when the website was upgraded the first time to version 2 (II).  The name stuck and has remained the same through versions 3 and 4.  Most of the valuable content is located in this area.

Assessor Forum:  Only visible to users who are CALEA Assessors.  If you are not an assessor, you are not missing much, as very little is posted there.

Forum Help:  As the name suggests, information on how to use the forum and adjust the settings on your account to include the inclusion of a photo or signature.


General Discussion sub-forum is a great place to ask questions and receive answers, as it seems to have the most traffic.  There are also other sub-forums dedicated to each type of accreditation program, i.e., Law Enforcement, Communications, and Training Academy.

The SRIC sub-forum is a place that every accreditation manager should review after every conference.  Proposed standards and revisions to existing standards are usually posted here for public comment by the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee.  Although there may not be a large volume of feedback left on this forum, it is apparent that the SRIC does pay attention to the feedback that is left, as evidenced by recent proposed standards.

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Communications Accreditation Brings Insurance Reimbursements for Agency


In September of 2013, I had the opportunity to attend CALEA Assessor Training at CALEA Headquarters in Gainesville, VA.  One of my fellow assessor trainees was Mary Sue Robey, Accreditation Manager for the  Valley Communications Center in Kent, Washington.  Mary Sue recently had an article published in the CALEA E-Communique.  Congratulations Mary Sue!

A link to the article can be found by clicking below:

Communications Accreditation Brings Insurance Reimbursements for Agency

CALEA® Press Release: ICMA and CALEA® Partner to Provide Professional Resources to Constituents

October 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The International City and County Management Association (ICMA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) have announced plans to work collectively to meet both organizations’ core missions of providing valuable resources to local government public safety and management professionals.

ICMA identifies leading practices to address the needs of local governments and the management professionals that serve them globally.  CALEA improves the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of standards that comprehensively cover contemporary public safety issues, administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence.  These two organizations are broadly acknowledged as leaders in their fields, and thousands of city, town, county, and state entities rely on their programs to promote the efficient and effective delivery of public services.

As an example of the potential of this complementary partnership, CALEA publishes a best practice standard that requires participating public safety agencies to conduct time-sensitive workload assessments to promote appropriate staffing levels.  ICMA has developed an effective research model to support public safety agencies in meeting this standard and understanding workload management issues.  The result is the application of standards with compliance through professional resources that support good public stewardship and responsible management.

“This partnership is another example of how CALEA Accreditation programs constantly seek the very best resources to assist public safety agencies in recognizing professional excellence,” CALEA Chairperson Louis M. Dekmar stated.  “ICMA is a premier local government association that understands how their work impacts the management decisions made by public safety practitioners and how those decisions affect millions of people living in thousands of communities, ranging in size from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas.”

“ICMA and CALEA are marks of professionalism for public administrators,” says ICMA Executive DirectorRobert J. O’Neill, Jr., “and we are certain this new partnership will continue to advance the professional standing and capacity of both associations, as they work together to promote the very best public services possible.  “CALEA has been recognized as the Gold Standard for Public Safety Agencies for more than three decades, and this relationship will assist city, town, and county managers as they search for best practices in the delivery of law enforcement services, as well as public safety training and communications.”

CALEA and ICMA members will soon see co-branded, complementary website links, shared resource pages, and collectively sponsored training sessions.  The leadership of both organizations also will share resources to ensure that the development of public safety standards is reflective of contemporary research and that the members of the two organizations are aware of the benefits of participating in CALEA Accreditation with the incorporation of ICMA resources for compliance.

About ICMA
ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. The organization’s mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people’s lives. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to 9,500 appointed city, town, and county leaders and other individuals and organizations throughout the world.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®), Inc., was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. 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 that covers a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

Attending a CALEA Conference: NNEPAC Radio Episode 002.

In this episode, John McGregor is joined by the Chair Person of the Northern New England Police Accreditation Coalition (NNEPAC), Mr. Gregory Murphy of the Manchester NH PD.  John and Greg talk about attending a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Conference.  John and Greg discuss the topic from the perspective of someone attending a Police Accreditation Training Conference for the first time, as well as including some tips for repeat attendees.

As usual, the views expressed represent the speakers alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of NNEPAC or CALEA.  Always consult with your Program Manager or a Travel Professional before attempting anything you hear on this episode.

Attending a CALEA Conference

Getting there and back

Book host hotel early, (Greg Murphy Exclusive Tip)
Short layovers, (dangers thereof)
Rental car, (Usually not necessary, maybe if off-site)
Watch the shuttle driver (Or she will give your bags to someone else)

What to Bring

Dress Code,
Note taking material
Business Cards for networking
Laptop necessary?

What classes to take

(Highlighted classes in program non-binding regarding Accreditation Manager training)

What to attend besides classes and why?

Committee Hearings
PAC Presidents Meeting

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Introduction-NNEPAC Radio: A resource for Police Accreditation Managers, Assessors and Practitioners. Episode 001

NNEPAC Radio is the official podcast of the Northern New England Police Accreditation Coalition (NNEPAC).  The views expressed on the show represent the speaker alone and do not represent the views of NNEPAC or the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Always consult your Program Manager prior to following any advice on this program.

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2013 Fall CALEA Conference

Below is an article  published in the September 2013 edition of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) E-Communique.  Make your travel plans now!

2013 Fall CALEA Conference in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Plan now to attend!
November 13-16  


Plans for CALEA’s Fall Conference in Winston-Salem are nearing completion.  The conference is being held at the Embassy Suites Winston-Salem, and also at the Marriott Winston-Salem.  Activities and training classes will take place in both hotels, which are connected by an enclosed walkway, so access is convenient from either hotel.  This will be a popular conference so book your room early!

See the Hotel/Lodging tab on the Conferences link for room information and the  Register tab for online conference registration.  The list of Workshops being offered can be found under the Schedule tab. A Tentative Conference Agenda has also been posted.

The Greensboro/Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) is the nearest airport of choice.  For a listing of ground transportation options, click here.  Keep checking the website for schedule updates and workshop listings.

CALEA News-CALEA Commissioners Appointed

The following press release was published by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies on September 13th, 2013.  Congratulations to the newly appointed and re-appointed CALEA Commissioners.

News Release – Gainesville, VA, September 13, 2013 – CALEA, the Gold Standard in Public Safety Accreditation is pleased to announce the appointment of three new Commissioners.  They are: Chief Hassan M. Aden, Greenville (NC) Police Department; Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Maryland State Police; and South Carolina Supreme Court Justice John W. Kittredge.  In addition, five current CALEA Commissioners were reappointed.  All appointments are effective January 1, 2014.CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).  The Commission has 21 members, including 11 law enforcement practitioners and 10 members from the public and private sectors.  The position is voluntary and Commissioners are appointed to a term of three years.

CALEA was established to develop standards for public safety agencies and administer complementary accreditation processes.  Program offerings currently include accreditation for law enforcement agencies, public safety communications and training academies, and most recently, campus security organizations.  These programs serve as a modern management model for public safety agencies on an international basis, and are a blueprint for developing industry recognized best practices.

Chief Aden was appointed to his current position in November 2012 and was formerly the Deputy Chief of Police for the Alexandria (VA) Police Department, where he served the community for twenty-five years.  During his tenure with the Alexandria Police Department, he provided leadership in numerous operational areas, including patrol and internal affairs.  He also served as special assistant to the chief of police and liaison to the elected leadership of the city.  Chief Aden is a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C, where he holds a Master of Public Administration.  He has received specialized leadership training from Boston University and the University of Richmond.  Chief Aden is a former CALEA Assessor and has experience with both domestic and international CALEA Standards applications.

Colonel Brown was appointed as Superintendent of the Maryland State Police in 2011 and was formerly Chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, where he served from 2007 to 2011.  Colonel Brown became a member of the Baltimore (MD) Police Department in 1992, where he rose to the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Operations.  During his tenure with this agency, he worked in the areas of special operations, legal affairs, training, and organized crime.  He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.  Colonel Brown has held many leadership positions with professional associations, and has also served as an assessor for CALEA.

Justice Kittredge began his legal career as a legal clerk and later practiced in the firm of Wilkins, Nelson and Kittredge.  He was elected to the South Carolina Family Court bench in 1991 and the state’s Circuit Court  bench in 1996.  As a judge, he has also served South Carolina on the Court of Appeals before being elected to his current position of Justice to the South Carolina Supreme Court in 2008. Justice Kittredge has served on numerous special commissions and task forces.  These include those related to crime and delinquency, juvenile justice and crime stoppers.  He serves in various roles in support of the legal profession, such as Chairman of the Chief Justices’ Commission on the Profession.  He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and he is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – School of Law.

The five reappointed CALEA Commissioners are: Colonel Joseph Farrow, California Highway Patrol; Chief Ray Johnson, Chesterfield (MO) Police Department; Director David Moore, Monroe County (NY) Public Safety; Director Thomas Warren, Urban League of Nebraska; and Chief Lisa Womack, Lakeland (FL) Police Department.

The knowledge and experience of these new and reappointment Commissioners ensures the organization continues to meet its mission of promoting professionalism within the field of public safety.  CALEA congratulates and welcomes our new and returning Commissioners.