Port Huron Police Department Receives Excellent Rating
August 9th, 2013
In April of this year, the Port Huron Police Department underwent an agency wide assessment as part of its CALEA accreditation process. The assessment process occurs every 3 years during which every aspect of the police agency is reviewed, and assessed to ensure the Police Department is following nationally recognized policies and police practices. At the conclusion of the on-site review, the team leader completed a 25 page summary report detailing the assessor’s findings. The report was excellent, with no negative issues noted during the assessment. On Saturday, August 3, 2013 members of the Port Huron Police Department’s accreditation team convened at the CALEA conference in Columbus, Ohio for a mandatory re-accreditation hearing held by CALEA Commissioners. The agency received high praise from the Commissioners who also recognized Port Huron as one of the first agencies in Michigan to receive the accreditation accomplishment. Later that evening at a formal awards ceremony the Port Huron Police Department received confirmation on its 7th term as an Meritoriously Accredited Agency. CALEA, which stands for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, is a voluntary accreditation process and considered a very elite status among law enforcement agencies. Only 10 agencies in the State of Michigan currently hold a CALEA accredited status. CALEA was established in 1979 after a group of Law Enforcement Executives, including the International Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) were commissioned to establish standards that would address accountability, integrity, liability, performance and community partnerships. The goal of CALEA is to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and increase community and staff confidence in their agency. An upcoming formal presentation of the award to City Council is being planned.