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MCPD Receives CALEA Reaccreditation - Recognized with Advanced Meritorious Law Enforcement Accreditation

For Immediate Release: Friday, December 6, 2013

The Montgomery County Police Department is pleased to announce that reaccreditation status was granted to the department by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The department was granted Advanced Meritorious Law Enforcement Accreditation by CALEA.  Meritorious Awards are granted to agencies that have been accredited for 15 or more continuous years.  The department was first accredited in 1993.

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Montgomery County Police Assistant Chief Luther Reynolds, Accreditation Manager David Baker and other representatives from the department appeared before the Commission for review and reaccreditation proceedings at a conference held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The review covered an August 2013 on-site assessment of the department; a rigorous process that requires accredited departments to comply with nearly 500 specific standards, over a three year period, that cover all aspects of police service.

The Montgomery County Police Department complied with all standards and was unanimously granted reaccreditation status for the next three years.  In the assessment report, CALEA assessors noted that “[t]he assessment team reviewed every standard and found the agency was in full compliance with all applicable standards and the agency’s practices were meeting the intent of the standards.”

During the conference, members of the department met with other agencies and discussed such topics as effective file maintenance strategies, and policies and procedures on how to prepare for an assessment.  They attended workshops such as Analysis to Support CALEA Standards and Crime Analysis, Intelligence Led Policing and the Residential Awareness Program (RAP).

More than 500 representatives from law enforcement and other public safety agencies throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico attended the CALEA conference. CALEA was created as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by four major law enforcement executive associations, which represent about 80 percent of the United States law enforcement profession. They are the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives; the National Sheriffs’ Association; and the Police Executive Research Forum; all of which continue to serve in an advisory capacity.  More information can be found at


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Release ID: 13-394
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