National Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) provides credentialing services for law enforcement and other public safety agencies. Arvada was the first agency in Colorado to be accredited and in 2013, received its 9th straight accreditation. 

CALEA was established for two reasons: to develop a set of law enforcement standards, and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. 

The credentialing process is a proven modern management tool that provides the police chief with a blueprint for the most efficient use of resources and best delivery of police services.  

CALEA was created through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:

  • International Association of Chief's of Police (IACP),
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE),
  • National Sheriff's Association (NSA), 
  • the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

The Arvada Police Department is proud to be an accreditated agency and has been designated a flagship agency of CALEA. 

Accreditation is another way that the Arvada Police Department demonstrates its commitment to the community and the citizens we serve.