SPRINGFIELD – Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Hiram Grau announced today the ISP was awarded with its re-accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). 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 annual CALEA conference was attended by hundreds of law enforcement professionals from the United States, Canada, and Mexico in Columbus, Ohio last weekend. The Commission is responsible for verifying agencies have met the multitude of standards for re-accreditation consideration. The ISP was awarded the prestigious Accreditation with Excellence award, exemplifying the Agency’s dedication in maintaining the highest level of professional services to the public and criminal justice community.
The award also underscores the Department’s commitment to service and the accreditation process. ISP was also recognized for its willingness to assist other law enforcement agencies in obtaining accreditation status with 480 internationally recognized law enforcement standards.
“The men and women of the Illinois State Police work hard to keep Illinois citizens and communities safe,” said ISP Director Hiram Grau. “CALEA accreditation is a symbol of excellence and our ongoing commitment to provide the best public safety service to Illinois,” he added.
Earlier this year, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of the ISP’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services to verify that the Agency met the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
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.
This is the 8th consecutive accreditation status awarded to the ISP since the initial award on June 15, 1986.