POSTED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:41am
UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 11:18am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Mayor Kip Holden announced today that the Baton Rouge Police Department has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), following its best on-site review which was held in July.
“This is a tremendous credit to Chief Carl Dabadie,” said Mayor Holden, “because he inherited a situation where accreditation could have been in jeopardy if he had not moved quickly to maintain accreditation as a top priority. Today, the nation’s top accreditation commission has confirmed that he is moving BRPD forward with programs such as BRAVE.”
CALEA was founded by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum in 1979 to improve the delivery of public safety services. In order to win accreditation, law enforcement agencies must comply with 481 separate standards and pass an on-site assessment.
The 2013 on-site visit found no areas of concern that needed to be addressed, with the assessment team finding BRPD files to be in excellent condition with complete proofs of compliance. No standards were found to require additional information or corrective action.
“The accreditation process is very in-depth and opens our department up to intense scrutiny by an outside organization,” Dabadie said. “We chose to begin this process in 1996 and continue to strive moving the department forward 17 years later. I am extremely proud of the direction the Department is moving in and will continue to work even harder to improve the community in which we serve.”
“Accreditation has become woven into the fabric of the agency,” CALEA assessment team said in a report on their on-site assessment of BRPD in July. “The Agency has been accredited long enough that nearly all line personnel have worked in the accredited agency and it is simply a way of life.”
Holden said the significance of national accreditation is that it confirms the course of action of the command staff, mid-level management and line supervisors.
“But the bulk of what is evaluated is the everyday police work done by the men and women of the Baton Rouge Police Department,” Holden said. “This is a credit to all of our law enforcement officers and civilian employees who work every day to keep our community safe.”