Flagship Agency and Meritorious Awards also presented to the agency Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry G. Trent announced today that the ISP was awarded re-accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on November 17, 2007, during a conference held in Colorado Springs, Colorado. CALEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition throughout the law enforcement community and ensures the ISP continues to serve Illinois residents with professional excellence.
The CALEA conference was attended by more than 1,100 law enforcement representatives from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Virgin Islands, and West Indies. This is the sixth consecutive accreditation status award for the ISP since the initial award on June 15, 1986, when the agency became the first state police agency accredited by the Commission.
“The men and women of the Illinois State Police are to be commended for their continued commitment to excellence in law enforcement,“ said Director Trent. “Their dedication ensures the ISP continues to receive this prestigious recognition from CALEA which reinforces the reputation of quality law enforcement that Illinois citizens rely upon.”
The ISP also received two additional awards from the Commission, both of which exemplify its dedication in maintaining the highest level of professional services to the citizenry and criminal justice community. The CALEA Flagship Agency Award was presented to the ISP for having continually demonstrated excellence in commitment to the accreditation process and a willingness to assist other law enforcement agencies in obtaining accreditation status with 457 internationally recognized law enforcement standards. The Meritorious Award was presented to the ISP for maintaining accreditation status for more than 15 consecutive years.
To receive re-accreditation, the ISP had to comply with 368 internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations. In April of this year, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of the Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services to verify the Agency met the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. This voluntary process to retain accreditation status is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
“Participation in the CALEA process is voluntary, but important,” said Trent. “It assures Illinois citizens the Illinois State Police is among the best law enforcement agencies in the nation,” he concluded.
CALEA was established in 1979 as an independent accrediting authority by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriff’s Association, and Police Executives Research Forum.