The Jackson Police Department strives to provide the best professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Jackson. In February 2005 we started the process to prove that we do just that and we applied for and started the process of becoming an accredited agency with The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The goal of our agency will be in 2008 to become the only local accredited law enforcement agency in Southeast Missouri. The only other agency accredited in our area is the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
March 15, 2008 The Jackson Police Department recieved full accredition from CALEA.
What is the process of becoming accredited?
With instructional guidance from the Commission staff, our agency conducted a self-assessment to comply with all
applicable standards and gather proofs of compliance for later verification by
the on-site assessment team. The time needed to finish self assessment varies
by agency. The Jackson Police Department stated the self-assessment in
February 2005 and finished the self assessment in December
In December 2007, our department finished
with the on-site assement from
a team of CALEA trained assessors who verified our agency's compliance with
standards by checking our proofs and interviewing operations and management
personnel. The assessors also conduct a public hearing to elicit citizen's
The lead assessor will write a
report of the team's findings, which is forwarded through staff to the Board of
Commissioners. In March 2008, the Commission will evaluate assessment reports,
receive testimony and either award or defer accreditation to our deparment.
If it defers an agency's accreditation, the Commission provides an outline of
the deficiencies that must be corrected in order to gain full compliance with
March 15, 2008 in Atlanta Georgia, the site of the
Spring CALEA Conference, the department went before the CALEA Commission.
Jackson Police was 1 of over 100 agencies represented and receiving
accreditation through CALEA®. in Altlanta. We are please to show by this
process that we strive to provide the best professional law enforcement services
to the citizens of Jackson.
What topics are covered do the standards
The standards address six major law
enforcement subjects: (1) role, responsibilities, and relationship with other
agencies; (2) Organization, management, and administration; (3) personnel
administration; (4) law enforcement operations, operational support and traffic
enforcement (5) prisoner and court related services; (6) auxiliary and technical
Compliance with Standards...
The Jackson Police Department is
required to comply with only those standards that are specifically applicable to
our agency. Applicability is based on two factors: The agency's size and the
functions it performs. Applicable standards are categorized as mandatory or
other-then-mandatory. Jackson Police must comply with all applicable mandatory
standards and 80% of applicable other-than-mandatory
"What not How" of
Seeking to establish the best
professional practices the standards prescribe "what" agencies should be doing,
but not "how" they should be doing it.
The period of accreditation is
three years. During that time, our agency must submit annual reports that
documents continuing compliance with applicable standards, Re-accreditation
occurs at the end of the three years, pending another successful on-site
assessment and hearing before the commission.