Lower Merion Police Dept. Earns International Accreditation
3-year process results in rare designation
Lower Merion Township is pleased to announce that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), an international credentialing authority, has awarded the Lower Merion Police Department with official accreditation. The LMPD joins only 4.4 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the United States (some 18,000 agencies) to earn the CALEA accreditation. In Pennsylvania, only 11 other agencies have been so designated (about 1 percent).
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 to promote the efficient use of resources and improve service delivery on a continuing basis.
The designation is the culmination of three years of work that involved completing a self-assessment by complying with applicable standards, developing proofs of compliance, and preparing for an on-site assessment. A team of CALEA-trained assessors visited the LMPD in November 2014 to determine compliance with 188 standards, viewed department operations, conducted a public information session, and completed a report of its findings to the Commission for final determination of accreditation status. This past week, the Commission’s Review Committee conducted hearings regarding the LMPD’s compliance to applicable standards, and the Commission awarded accreditation for a three-year period.
“This is a tremendous accomplishment by the men and women of the Lower Merion Police Department,” said Township Manager Ernie McNeely. “I’d like to congratulate Superintendent Mike McGrath and his command staff, and the rank and file officers who serve our residents so well, day in and day out. This designation was a voluntary department-wide effort over the last several years involving nearly every member of LMPD, and really demonstrates how our Police meet an established set of professional standards.”
The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Program 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.
For more information about CALEA, visit its website at www.calea.org.