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    What is the purpose of an Agency being accredited by CALEA? What benefits does it bring besides being able to say that you're accredited by another acronym agency? It's not like you need to be accredited. I became curious after seeing this...:



    Who cares? Does it really bring any benefits?

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    Its purpose is to make money for the people who own CALEA. It is not a government agency, so their accreditation doesn't mean diddleysquat.
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    • #3
      Sort of like what ACA is for Corrections.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by ateamer View Post
        Its purpose is to make money for the people who own CALEA. It is not a government agency, so their accreditation doesn't mean diddleysquat.
        I wouldn't say it doesn't mean anything. It certainly helps, in an indirect fashion, in court a lot. The policies and "best practices" that they require typically ensure that officers, unless they're acting so far outside the lines of reasonableness, are covered. It also, from an HR standpoint, makes you have your ducks in a row, as to the labor laws of your state, when you have to terminate people.

        It may not make a difference on the street, but it's not meant to, it's meant to ensure that your agency is set up for success.
        Originally posted by K40
        To me, open carry is the equivalent of the couple making out and groping each other at the food court in the mall. Yeah, they are probably legal, as long as they don't start getting undressed. But they are still social retards.
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        • #5
          There's another thread about CALEA.

          In a nut shell agencies that are CALEA certified tend to have better pay, better and or up to date equipment than non-CALEA agencies. It also, atleast in theory, helps limits the agency's liability.
          The down side is SOPs on EVERYTHING and you do more paper work. They also tend to restrict pursuits.
          This may not always be true be it seems to be the case in my area of my state.
          Last edited by westside popo; 11-08-2009, 08:22 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by westside popo View Post
            There's another thread about CALEA.

            In a nut shell agencies that are CALEA certified tend to have better pay, better and or up to date equipment than non-CALEA agencies. It also, atleast in theory, helps limits the agency's liability.
            The down side is SOPs on EVERYTHING and you do more paper work. They also tend to restrict pursuits.
            This may not always be true be it seems to be the case in my area of my state.
            To my knowledge, the SOP's don't restrict anything, they're simply a model for HOW to do them. Our pursuit policy is just the same as it was before CALEA, and it's not very strict at all.
            Originally posted by K40
            To me, open carry is the equivalent of the couple making out and groping each other at the food court in the mall. Yeah, they are probably legal, as long as they don't start getting undressed. But they are still social retards.
            ‎"You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him." - Rooster Cogburn

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            • #7
              There are many benefits, some already posted. Your average guy on the street may or may not see the benefit up front. However it can lead to better equipment, ongoing training, grant ability, hiring and contract negotiations, addressing potential liability concerns, and it may also set a guideline in which officers are managed by the admin. Is it a PITA to get the accreditation? Yes, but if it was easy it wouldn't mean as much.

              CALEA doesn't dictate policy or create policy, it just sets a guideline or a format to follow once policy is dictated by the agency. Same with lesson plans, etc.... It can make for a better situation when litigation is concerned and other situations arise. I also find that it may give more leverage to the Officers union in how the dept deals with Officers.
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              • #8
                Purpose of CALEA:

                To give our light duty officers something to do.
                To give our officers a reason not to go on light duty.
                To give admin something to throw down our throats.
                To give us all something to look forward to every three years.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the replies everyone. It doesn't seem like it benefits administration IMO, but if you're in a backwater PD with old equipment and they're chasing after it it would be a benefit to the Officers who get the new stuff.

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                  • #10
                    Job security for ex-chiefs who otherwise would be unemployed.

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                    • #11
                      I too thought it was to provide jobs for retired police admin types.

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                      • #12
                        Bragging rights?

                        The mucky mucks run around a month prior to the inspection to make sure their I's are dotted and T's crossed. Inspection day...is like the plague...no one wants to be the one that gets questioned. Stay out of the station til it's time to go home.

                        Remember they say,"CALEA is NOT an STD!!!!"
                        This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                        • #13
                          Isn't it very expensive?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by LINY View Post
                            What is the purpose of an Agency being accredited by CALEA? What benefits does it bring besides being able to say that you're accredited by another acronym agency? It's not like you need to be accredited. I became curious after seeing this...:



                            Who cares? Does it really bring any benefits?
                            It's someone else to sue when you are suing a agency.

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                            • #15
                              If CALEA Accreditation amounted to better pay, better working conditions, better benefits, better equipment, I'd be all for it. What it does is require an agency (for accreditation) to have a written policy and procedure for virtually aspect of officer/agency activity. You could very easily violate some article of policy while pumping gas. I'm not implying that an agency shouldn't have written policies and procedures, but they need to be specific to the agency concerned, and not to some "one size fits all" entity. Just my .02

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