FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, March 24, 2014
Contact: Rob Tufano, CMPD Public Affairs Office
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was awarded reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority. The purpose of accreditation is to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
In 2011, CMPD was selected as a pilot agency to participate in a new assessment model, the Gold Standard Assessment, which did not require the maintenance of contemporary paper or electronic files on each CALEA standard. Only new standards or revised standards were reviewed by the assessment team. The assessment focused on pragmatic activities, outcomes, and processes that were judged through interviews and observations. The assessment team looked beyond simple compliance, making observations regarding CMPD’s effectiveness and service delivery. The CMPD was again evaluated on the Gold Standard Assessment. This 2014 reaccreditation award represents a review of the CMPD for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.
The CALEA assessment team found CMPD’s files to be well maintained and very well organized. Prior to the onset on the CMPD's most recent assessment, the CALEA assessors determined their focus would be in the areas of force, crime analysis, the Real Time Crime Center, recruitment, and internal affairs/complaints. The assessors found the CMPD has very specific use of force policies and a comprehensive review process including a 76% reduction in instances of firearms use over the three year assessment period. The assessors stated that the CMPD's crime analysis capability is outstanding and is used to provide actionable intelligence to police officers and detectives resulting in significant decreases in crime rates over the past five years.
The CALEA assessors complimented the CMPD's Real Time Crime Center as an excellent tool that is helping agency personnel solve crimes in an efficient manner. In the area of recruiting, again the assessors were complimentary of the CMPD's Recruiting Division paying dividends in the form of a focused recruiting effort that has shown results in increased minority representation in officer recruit training classes. In addition, the assessors noted that the CMPD operates a detailed complaint investigative process. In summary, the CALEA assessors stated that the members of the CMPD are focused on providing quality service and creating a safe environment for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.