The Lower Merion Township Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on October 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Lower Merion Township Administration Building – 2nd Floor Board Room; located at 75 E. Lancaster Ave. Ardmore, PA 19003.
Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 610-645-6276 on October 3, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the Standards is available at the Lower Merion Township Police Department. Local contact is Accreditation Manager, Ofc. Madeline Lewis at 610-645-6203.
Emails may also be sent between the dates of October 2, 2017- October 4, 2017 using the address of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Lower Merion Township Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 22030-2215 or www.calea.org.
A comprehensive list of titles for Law Enforcement Standards can be found by visiting CALEA's website at www.calea.org or by clicking here.
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.