August 04, 2016
The Johns Creek Police Department (JCPD) was re-accredited with Excellence through the Gold Standards Process by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) during its 110th
summer conference on July 30 in Baltimore, MD.
There are approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the country and only 665 or 3.7 percent are accredited by CALEA. JCPD earned the prestigious Advanced Accreditation with Excellence Award, which is only awarded to approximately 10-12 percent of those agencies accredited.
The CALEA Assessment Team conducted an in-depth inspection of the police department’s operations, policies and procedures in order to ensure annual compliance of over 450 standards. They also conducted extensive interviews with community members and agency personnel.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) conducted an on-site assessment of the Police Department from March 20-23. The assessment utilized CALEA’s Gold Standard process during the on-site visit. This assessment measures the impact of accreditation on the department as well as the community, as opposed to simply confirming compliance through file review.
Certain criteria must be met before an agency may be considered to participate in the GSA process, including having two previous accreditation awards at the level of accreditation currently being sought and the absence of compliance issues in the most recent assessment; as well as meeting 90 percent of the other mandatory standards.
The assessment team made the following statements about JCPD:
“In more than 15 years of doing on-sites I have not seen an organization as top notch as this agency” – Chief Bradford Conner, Bowling Green (OH) Police Department
“Chief Densmore empowers you to bring him ideas and not problems – he should be commended for allowing the growth and the success of this leadership style is evident.” - Chief Conner
“Our minds are blown by all you do with your limited resources and this agency is never going to be status quo.” - Chief Conner
“Your programs are not just programs they are the JCPD way – you far exceed expectations and the requirements of the standards.” - Synthia Nugent
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
CALEA’s mission is to establish a body of standards designed to increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of public safety services. JCPD has been CALEA accredited since 2010, only two short years of becoming a police department.