On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) reaccredited the Lower Merion Police Department through this international credentialing authority. There are approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the country with a little over 1,100 involved in the accreditation process (6.3%). Of those, 849 have been accredited, or about 4.7% of law enforcement agencies in the country. In Pennsylvania, there are 13 other agencies currently CALEA accredited out of approximately 1,117, 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 its initial accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. In January of 2018, the Police Department completed the reaccreditation process and was accredited for an additional four year period, 2018-2020. The accreditation process ensures that the Lower Merion Police Department continues to provide the highest level of professional police service to our community. This is the 5th accreditation approved by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
For more information on the accreditation process visit the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Accreditation website.