On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) awarded the Lower Merion Police Department our 1st accreditation through this international credentialing authority. There are approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the country with a little over 1,000 involved in the accreditation process (5.6%). Of those, 791 have been accredited, or about 4.4% of law enforcement agencies in the country. In Pennsylvania, there are 11 other agencies currently CALEA accredited out of approximately 1,030, or 1%.
CALEA 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 (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model that provides a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery on a continuing basis.
In December of 2006, the Lower Merion Police Department received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. In December of 2014, the Police Department completed the reaccreditation process and will be accredited for an additional three year period. The accreditation process ensures that the Lower Merion Police Department continues to provide the highest level of professional police service to our community
For more information on the accreditation process visit the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Accreditation website.