Shelby Police Department and

the CALEA Accreditation ProCESS


In August 2001, the Shelby Police Department became the eighteenth municipal law enforcement agency in North Carolina to attain internationally accredited status from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.  The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was established in 1979 as an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation through the combined efforts of four law enforcement executive membership associations---the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). 

CALEA’s overall purpose is to improve the delivery of law enforcement services through a voluntarily law enforcement accreditation program organized and maintained in the public interest. 

CALEA has established and maintains standards for law enforcement agencies that consider all administrative, management, and service-delivery aspects of a law enforcement organization.  The standards are designed to:

  • Increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime; 
  • Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services;
  • Increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other agencies of the criminal justice system; and
  • Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency. 

In addition, the Commission was formed to develop an accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards. 

The last on-site assessment for the Shelby Police Department was conducted in August 2010.  During this assessment, assessors reviewed files, conducted interviews, participated in officer ride-a-longs, and conducted a public hearing and telephone call-in for citizens to voice their opinions of our agencies ability to comply with accreditation standards.  At the completion of this assessment, assessors compiled a written final report that will be reviewed at a formal hearing during the CALEA National conference in November 2010. 

Accreditation is valid for three years.  The next accreditation assessment for our agency will be conducted in August 2013.

For more information on the accreditation process, please contact our Accreditation Manager, Lt. Brad Fraser, by Clicking Here.



Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

International Association of Chief's of Police

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

National Sheriffs’ Association

Police Executive Research Forum

North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Network






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