The Florida A&M University Police Department (FAMUPD) was awarded Advanced Law Enforcement accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.(CALEA), on Nov.13, following a vote of the organization’s 21-member board.
CALEA accreditation serves as the international gold standard for public safety 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.
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.
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.
FAMUPD is the first and only HBCU police department to be accredited by three separate law enforcement accrediting bodies: Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation, Inc., (CFA), International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Accreditation (IACLEA) and CALEA.