Illinois State Police celebrate CALEA accreditation extension
Illinois State Police (ISP) leaders earned re-accreditation from the state’s esteemed Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at a recent industry event in Baltimore, a status that recognizes their continuing high standards and quality public service.
CALEA members gathered for the group’s annual conference from jurisdictions throughout North America. ISP received the prestigious Accreditation With Excellence Award for its adherence to the highest levels of service, both to the criminal justice sector and to the general public.
“CALEA accreditation is a benchmark of the ISP’s commitment and readiness to keep the citizens of Illinois safe,” ISP Director Leo Schmitz said. "This award illustrates the hard work ISP employees perform each and every day and their dedication to fulfill our public-safety mission.”
CALEA reviewed ISP policies, procedures and day-to-day operations earlier this year to ensure that they met the commission’s strict criteria. This year’s honor marks the ninth consecutive accreditation for the ISP.
CALEA was created by several organizations -- including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs Association and Police Executives Research Forum -- as an independent accrediting organization in 1979.