The Waynesboro Police Department accepting their 2nd CALEA Recognition Award on July 31, 2010
2010 Waynesboro Police Department Assessment Report:
CALEA was formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriff's Association (NSA) and the Police National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The commission was formed for two reasons: To develop a set of law enforcement standards, and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
The recognition process involves a comprehensive self-assessment by the department of the 112 standards. These standards address (1) life, health and safety issues, (2) critical legal issues, and (3) conditions that reduce risk and high liability exposure.
After undergoing self-assessment, an on-site assessment is completed by a team of trained independent assessors. These CALEA assessors verify the department’s compliance with standards by checking its proofs and interviewing operations and management personnel. A public hearing is also held to elicit citizens’ comments. Recognition periods are three years in duration and during this time the department must maintain compliance with the standards and must submit annual reports attesting to this fact. Re-Recognition occurs at the end of this period, pending another successful on-site assessment and hearing before the commission.
The Waynesboro Police Department completed the initial recognition process in July 2007, and was re-recognized successfully in July 2010. Recognition is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employees’ safety; and processes to safeguard employees’ rights. Employees of the Waynesboro Police Department take pride in their police service, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.
The Waynesboro Police Department is presently undergoing State of Tennessee Accreditation. Results will be posted upon receipt.