The Corvallis Police Department became nationally accredited in 1995 through the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc. (CALEA). Following a comprehensive on-site inspection of policies, procedures, and operations, the Corvallis Police Department was re-accredited seven times, the latest in March 2015. In March 2015, the Department received the Merit Award in recognition of 20 years of continuous accreditation.
CALEA developed a comprehensive set of 480 written standards covering every aspect of law enforcement policies, procedures, best practices and operations. These standards are designed to:
- Increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime.
- Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services.
- Increase cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.
- Increase employee and community confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the accredited agency.
As an accredited police agency, the Corvallis Police Department has demonstrated practices that are in line with international standards, assuring the community of the highest quality police services. In doing so, the Police Department has joined a select number of agencies internationally that have achieved this standard of excellence.
BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION:
- Enhanced community partnerships
- Coordination with neighboring agencies and other parts of the criminal justice system.
- Systematic assessment and upgrading of training and equipment.
- Reduction of liability litigation and related costs.
- Proactively developed management systems, policies and procedures.
- Impartial guidelines for evaluation and change.
- International recognition of professional excellence.
For more information about Law Enforcement Accreditation through CALEA click on Accreditation (CALEA) If you have questions about the Police Department's accreditation, please e-mail Laurie Jackson or call 541-766-6924.