2021-11: Kansas Highway Patrol Communications Receives CALEA Accreditation
CALEA accreditation is an accomplishment less than five percent of all law enforcement agencies attain
The Kansas Highway Patrol Communications Center was honored with a Certificate of Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, May 10.
“We at CALEA congratulate the Patrol on achieving Public Safety Communications Accreditation,” said CALEA Regional Program Manager Timothy Baysinger. “Agencies that are able to obtain concurrent CALEA Accreditation in Law Enforcement, Training Academy and Public Safety Communication are eligible to be awarded the CALEA TRI-ARC award. The Kansas Highway Patrol received the prestigious TRI-ARC award upon completion of Public Safety Communications Accreditation in March of 2021.”
The Kansas Highway Patrol Communications Center is one of two CALEA Accredited Public Safety Communications Centers in the State of Kansas. Additionally, there are only 25 agencies nationwide, and only three of which are state-level agencies, who concurrently maintain all three accreditations.
The Communications Center began the CALEA accreditation process in January of 2019. Accreditation assists in enhancing the Patrol’s public safety services by implementing the best business practices for law enforcement. This increases accountability within the agency and to the public we serve. In October of 2020, the Communications Center underwent a virtual on-site assessment.
“The Kansas Highway Patrol is grateful to obtain this recognition from CALEA. I know this takes a lot of hard work behind the scenes and I’m proud of all of the Highway Patrol staff who strive to make our organization a leader in the law enforcement community,” said Colonel Jones. “Although we have reached this achievement, our endeavor is to continuously serve with integrity and improvement.”
The Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program provides the communications centers with a process to systemically review and internally assess its operations and procedures. This program requires the Patrol to collect and analyze important data for the purpose of making sound operational and administrative business decisions, creating leadership and practitioner-accountability.
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority. The purpose of CALEA is to improve delivery of public safety by maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. There are five steps to the CALEA process, which include: Enrollment; Self-Assessment; On-Site Assessment; Commission Review and Decision; and Maintaining Compliance and Reaccreditation.
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