Rocklin Police Achieve Reaccreditation
On Saturday, March 22nd, 2014, Mayor Scott Yuill and City Manager Ricky Horst accompanied Chief of Police Ron Lawrence and members of his staff, Captain Lon Milka and Lieutenant Forrest Richardson to Garden Grove, to testify at the formal Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) hearings. After testimony and a thorough review by the CALEA Commission of the assessment report regarding Rocklin Police Department, the Commission voted unanimously that Rocklin PD be reaccredited for the third time.
As described on their website at www.calea.org, CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). CALEA's Accreditation is designed to improve delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of professional standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
Specifically, CALEA's goals are 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
The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief of Police (CEO), on a continuing basis with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery-regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency. This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards which:
- Require an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives.
- Provide the necessary reports and analyses a Chief of Police needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
- Require a preparedness program be put in place-so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made critical incidents.
- Are a means for developing or improving upon an agency's relationship with the community.
- Strengthen an agency's accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
- Can limit an agency's liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
- Facilitates an agency's pursuit of professional excellence.
This is Rocklin PD's third accreditation, having initially achieved accreditation in 2007. Each accreditation cycle is a three-year period, during which a team of CALEA-trained assessors visits the agency to determine compliance with standards, views agency operations, conducts a public information session, and reports its findings to the Commission for final determination of accreditation status.
At a CALEA conference held three times a year, the Commission's reviews the on-site assessment report and conducts formal hearings, which are open for public attendance, regarding the agency's compliance to applicable standards. Designated agency representatives participate in this review. If satisfied the agency has met all compliance requirements, the Commission awards accreditation for a three year period and is able to display the CALEA program's Mark of Excellence.
During its three-year accreditation award cycle, the agency must maintain compliance with applicable standards, keep its proofs of compliance up-to-date, and live by the letter and spirit of those standards. To retain its accredited status, the agency is required to submit to CALEA their appropriate accreditation continuation fees, as well as an annual report. Reaccreditation occurs at the end of the three years, following another successful on-site assessment and hearing before the Commission.
"I could not be more pleased with the process and achievement of our CALEA accreditation. Staff members of the Rocklin Police Department work hard to ensure we continue our pursuit of excellence and provide the highest caliber of public safety to the citizens of Rocklin. Accreditation helps us be accountable to the citizens we serve." - Ron Lawrence, City of Rocklin Chief of Police
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