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Fort Collins Police Services awarded national accreditation

Released on Monday, May 6, 2019
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We are happy to announce that Fort Collins Police Services was awarded national accreditation on May 4, 2019 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®).

Following a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Fort Collins Police Chief Jeff Swoboda, Accreditation Manager Lieutenant Kristy Volesky, and other integral staff members attended the CALEA conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Each agency being reviewed, went before CALEA Commissioners for an interview, review of all findings, and ultimately a determination of the agency’s accreditation status.

Following the hearing and during the celebration banquet, the CALEA commissioners awarded FCPS with accreditation, signifying excellence in public safety and a commitment to community. Adding to several years of accreditation through the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, this is Fort Collins’ first award of national accreditation. Police Services now moves into CALEA’s four-year accreditation cycle that includes four annual remote, web-based file reviews and a site-based assessment in the fourth year.

After receiving accreditation, Fort Collins Police Chief Swoboda said “Receiving national accreditation took a tremendous amount of hard work by the men and women of Fort Collins Police Services. I am proud of what we have accomplished and for being recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.”

In 1979, the Commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations: The International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.

The purpose of the Commission is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety, and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is how a public safety agency voluntarily demonstrates the ways it meets professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.