GTPD Earns Prestigious Law Enforcement Accreditation
The Georgia Tech Police Department (GTPD) recently joined the ranks of a select group of 59 college and university police departments in the country that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
The GTPD was recently recognized by CALEA leadership for completing the organization’s rigorous accreditation process.
“To make this happen, we had to show compliance with 480 standards set forth by CALEA,” said GTPD Chief Teresa Crocker. “It’s an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious organization, but attaining this accreditation is one of several steps along our path to pursuing professional excellence.”
CALEA was created in 1979 as a national credentialing authority when several law enforcement agencies, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association, decided to join forces.
To earn the accreditation, which is valid for three years, GTPD had to demonstrate compliance with CALEA standards including those related to crime prevention and community development, criminal investigations, and critical incidents.
“One of the main reasons we participated in this process is it enabled us to develop a comprehensive set of written directives for GTPD,” Crocker said. “But it also helped us strengthen the department’s accountability.”
For more information, contact Crocker.