|SPRINGFIELD, IL - For the fifth time since its initial accreditation, the Illinois State Police (ISP) has been re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Inc., a prestigious recognition of law enforcement excellence. The ISP is one of only eight full service state police agencies in the nation to be accredited, and the very first state police agency to be certified by CALEA in 1986. |
"The men and women of the Illinois State Police can be proud of their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. This ultimately ensures the ISP’s continued accreditation by CALEA and reinforces the reputation of quality law enforcement upon which Illinois citizens have come to rely," said Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent.
To receive re-accreditation, the ISP had to comply with 369 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 citizens the Illinois State Police is among the best 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.