Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is consistent with UTSA's strategic plan toward becoming a premier research institution. Formed in 1979, CALEA was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement agencies to develop a set of standards that meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
The University of Texas at San Antonio began the process for accreditation during June 2005. Sgt. Robert Hudson had been appointed to lead the department towards accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). UTSA Police Department has been awarded Accreditation Status on December 6, 2008.
Benefits to Accreditation:
- CALEA Accreditation requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a Chief Executive Officer needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place – so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences.
CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an agency’s relationship with the community.
CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
CALEA stands for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. 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.