The Knightdale Police Department began its initial accreditation project in early 2013. Over the last several years, the department has worked diligently to evaluate and revise its policies, procedures, and practices in order to comply with nationally recognized professional standards.
Accreditation requires the department to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives, and is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel. The accreditation standards also provide the necessary reports and analyses the police chief needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place so the agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences. Additionally, the accreditation process is a means for the department to develop or improving its relationship with the community, and strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
Being CALEA Accredited can help 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. Most importantly, accreditation facilitates the agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.
The Knightdale Police Department is honored to have received this prestigious award. It signifies and validates our agency's commitment to professional policing and community partnerships. We look forward to continuing our pursuit of excellence, and to the continued honor of serving this great community.
Further information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies can be found on the CALEA website. You can contact our Accreditation Manager, Erin Carden with questions about our accreditation activities as well.