|Illinois State Police (ISP) Acting Director Jonathon E. Monken announced today that the ISP was awarded re-accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on July 31, 2010, during a conference held on the west coast. CALEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition throughout the law enforcement community and ensures the agency continues to serve Illinois residents with professional excellence. |
“The Illinois State Police is honored to be the recipient of its sixth CALEA re-accreditation,” said Acting Director Monken. “This recognition is the result of the hard work of the men and women of the Illinois State Police and should be viewed as reinforcement to Illinois citizens that the ISP remains a highly professional law enforcement agency.”
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 seventh 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 ISP also became the first state agency to be presented with back to back CALEA Flagship Agency Award status, exemplifying its dedication in maintaining the highest level of professional services to the citizenry and criminal justice community. The award also signifies the Department’s commitment to having continually demonstrated excellence to the accreditation process and a willingness to assist other law enforcement agencies in obtaining accreditation status with 464 internationally recognized law enforcement standards.
The ISP reached another milestone by becoming the first state police agency to achieve 100 percent of its standards during the re-accreditation process by complying with 358 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 and assures Illinois residents the Illinois State Police is among the best law enforcement agencies in the nation. 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.