The Baltimore County Police Department once again has earned law enforcement’s highest grades for excellence in the delivery of public safety services.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) has recertified the Department for the tenth consecutive time. Essentially, accreditation by CALEA means that a police department meets a national body of standards developed by law enforcement professionals. BCoPD was first accredited in 1984; the Department voluntarily requests reassessment every three years.

"Through the integrity and service of the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department, we have received the CALEA Accreditation with Excellence Award. This Department continues to be a national model for modern law enforcement within the ever-changing environment of today's world," said Chief Terrence B. Sheridan. "This achievement would not be possible without the perseverance of our officers and civilian staff members."

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The accreditation follows a year-long effort by BCoPD’s Accreditation Team, responsible for the arduous work involved with documenting the Department’s compliance with CALEA’s standards in policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. CALEA originally was developed in order to enhance the status of law enforcement as a profession. The organization seeks to improve public safety services by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners and covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.