Policies & Accreditation

CALEA: The Gold Standard in Public Safety

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations.  

The Fishers Police Department began working with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2000.  Accreditation symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence.  It requires written directives, proofs of compliance, and training to inform employees about policies and practices. CALEA accreditation is a four-year process which entails having Compliance Service Members conduct offsite electronic file reviews every year for four years.  In the fourth year, after the electronic review, an assessor visits the department to interview employees, volunteers, and community members while observing the actual day-to-day processes and procedures of the department.  FPD received our sixth accreditation award in November of 2019 and are currently in the fourth year of the next accreditation cycle; we will be assessed electronically in May and a CALEA Assessor will visit our department of June of 2023. 

As part of the current process, an Accreditation Public Comment Portal has been implemented. The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding our agency's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide participating agencies with information to support continuous improvement and to foster the pursuit of professional excellence.  To view CALEA accreditation standards, click here, https://www.calea.org/node/11406

To make a comment on the Fishers Police Accreditation Public Comment Portal, click here,  https://cimrs2.calea.org/86




Meet the Accreditation Manager

Allison Nicholson is a graduate of Ball State University. She was hired as the Fishers Police Department’s Accreditation Manager in September of 2016. Prior to that, she worked for 12 years at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office as an administrative assistant and as the Assistant Accreditation Manager, where she helped the Sheriff’s Office receive their initial, second, and third accreditations.  

Since joining FPD, Allison has overseen a successful onsite assessment in which Fishers received the Meritorious Award for continuous accreditation. She recently completed the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ (CALEA) Certified Accreditation Manager Program and is now working towards the FPD’s seventh consecutive accreditation award. In addition to managing the accreditation program, Allison works with the Teen Academy, Cadet Program, and Citizens Academy.   

Allison Nicholson

Fishers Police Department Policies & Procedures

General Orders

General Order 2
Outlines FPD policy regarding the treatment of people and bias-based profiling.
General Order 3
Outlines FPD guidelines for the use of deadly and non-deadly force.
General Order 40
Outlines procedures and guidelines relating to internal investigations.
General Order 73
Outlines the policies related to Body-Worn Cameras.
General Order 53
Outlines policies related to Release of Records.
General Order 31
Outlines policies related to In-Car Video/Audio Procedures.
Outlines DNA collection.

Outlines procedures for release of property.