November 26, 2019
Fishers, (Indiana) – The Fishers Police Department was recently awarded their 6th consecutive accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Fishers Police Department received the Meritorious Award for being an accredited agency for more than 15 continuous years. Meritorious agencies receive an enhanced Certificate of Meritorious Accreditation, displaying a blue “Meritorious” ribbon and an inscription proclaiming their 15 or more years of accredited status.
Accreditation is an ongoing four year process during which the police department must adhere to strict international guidelines of policing and organizational practices. Administered by 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. Client Service Members review policies and examine procedures to verify compliance every year for four years. At the end of the fourth year, CALEA assessors visit the agency to review day-to-day operations of policies and procedures. After confirming standard compliance through file review, observations of agency activities, and interviews, the Commission voted unanimously to award the agency its 6th award.
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of the following law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).