UTPD is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). We earned this distinction on July 28, 2007 as a result of tireless work on the parts of Lieutenant Darrell Birdett and the entire department, and we are proud of this honor because CALEA is the internationally recognized authority on law enforcement standards.
This accreditation represents our professionalism and the ways in which our department’s vigilant prevention, enforcement and community presence measure up to CALEA’s 446 standards. To uphold this honor, we plan to seek reaccreditation every three years, and will continue monitoring department activities and practices to ensure they meet CALEA standards in preparation for an on-site visit by CALEA assessors in 2010.
CALEA was established as an independent accreditation authority in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association, and Police Executive Research Forum. The program is voluntary, and we are proud to be among the 700 plus elite law enforcement agencies in the United States that are CALEA accredited.
Lieutenant Amber Calvert is the department’s accreditation manager and she will be working closely with all departmental employees during the accreditation process.