The law enforcement accreditation system establishes a uniform set of “Best Practices” for police agencies that are consistently verified and measurable on an international scale. CALEA is an independent body that monitors compliance, and creates accountability to the community and for the line officers who are performing the day to day work. Within the law enforcement standards of Best Practices are compliance requirements dealing with life, health, and safety. Every standard is intended to make an agency more professional while at the same time improving its service to the community. Accreditation increases the agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services. It also increases community confidence in the policies and practices of an agency.
The University of Arizona Police Department achieved its first CALEA Accreditation Award in 1993, when UAPD became one of only five university police departments in the nation to receive National Accreditation, and was the 251st law enforcement agency in the United States and Canada to receive this distinction through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
In August, 1996, UAPD was the first department to receive reaccreditation within a three year period. Since then, UAPD has remained accredited by completing the reaccreditation process every 3 years, and received its most recent reaccreditation in March 2015.
Accreditation requires UAPD to commit to ongoing self-study, external reviews, and the continuous pursuit of enhancements designed to raise the quality and professionalism of the department. This process is overseen by Accreditation Manager Paula Dorer. She is responsible for continual review of UAPD policies and practices to insure all accreditation standards are being met. She is also responsible for maintaining documentation files proving compliance.
We are extremely proud of our accreditation status and find that is has a number of benefits:
- Accreditation ensures the operational readiness of the University of Arizona Police Department.
- Accreditation ensures that the department’s policies and procedures are consistent with modern professional policing standards.
- Accreditation promotes a strong emphasis on officer safety.
- Accreditation provides an ongoing, independent evaluation of the department.
- Accreditation provides each member of the department with a sense of pride knowing that their agency has met such high, professional standards.