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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."

International Gold Standard for Public Safety Agencies

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.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on June 4 to examine all aspects of the Baltimore County Police Department’s  policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that the Baltimore County Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Department will undergo a gold standard accreditation assessment for the first time in its history.

Public Information Session

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on June 5 at 6 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Baltimore County Public Safety Building located at 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so by telephone. The public may call 410-887-4709 on June 5 between 2 and 4 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Baltimore County Police Department – Accreditation Team, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286. Local contact is Captain Matthew McElwee at 410-887-2260.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Baltimore County Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Professional Excellence

The Baltimore County Police Department has to comply with 484 standards in order to gain accredited status. Maintaining these standards demonstrates the Department’s commitment to professional excellence in providing law enforcement services to all those who live, visit or work in Baltimore County.

The CALEA Assessment Program Manager for the Baltimore County Police Department is Ms. Karen Shepard. The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are Team Leader Chief John Letteney of the Apex Police Department in North Carolina and Team Member Captain Norman Mann of the St. Louis County Police Department in Missouri.

Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or call (703) 352-4225, or email calea@calea.org.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017