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As part of its assessment of the Town of Cary Police Department, the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. held a public comment session on any aspect of Cary PD on July 28, 2015.  This was one aspect of a multi-day review by the Assessors. Police Department managers went before the Commission in November 2015 to learn at that time the official results of the on-site assessment and re-accreditation process.

The Cary Police Department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA was formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The commission was formed for two reasons: To develop a set of law enforcement standards, and to establish and administer as accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

The goal of accreditation is to help law enforcement agencies strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities; formalize essential management procedures; establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; improve service-delivery solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.

The accreditation process involves a comprehensive self-assessment by the department of the standards addressing major law enforcement areas. After undergoing self-assessment, the agency is examined and inspected by a team of trained independent law enforcement assessors.

These CALEA assessors verify the department's compliance with standards by checking its proofs and interviewing operations and management personnel. Accreditation periods are three years in duration. During this time the department must maintain compliance with the standards and must submit annual reports attesting to this fact. Re-Accreditation occurs at the end of this period, pending another successful on-site assessment and hearing before the commission.

The Cary Police Department has been accredited since 1992.  An announcement regarding our most recent accreditation process may be found here.

In addition to being re accredited, the department has also earned CALEA's Accreditation with Excellence award. The intent of this award is to provide agencies an opportunity to be further recognized for the effective use of accreditation as a model for enhanced public safety service delivery. The new award, entitled Accreditation with Excellence, is open to all agencies enrolled in any accreditation program at any level.

The criteria for the Accreditation with Excellence Award are:

  • Demonstrated excellence in the development and implementation of contemporary policy and procedure.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the ability to use the CALEA Accreditation process as a tool for continuous organizational improvement.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the collection, review and analysis of organizational data for the purpose of public safety service improvement.
  • Demonstrated advocacy for CALEA Accreditation as a strategy for enhancing the professional standing of public safety.
  • Demonstrated excellence in addressing the intent of CALEA standards, beyond compliance.
  • Demonstrated organizational culture supportive of CALEA Accreditation.
  • Accreditation assessment demonstrating standards compliance and accreditation process success.

Additionally, the following technical criteria must be met by the agency for consideration:

  • Must have a minimum of two previous consecutive accreditation awards. 
  • Must not have conditions or noncompliance issues on most recent past award. 
  • Must not have noncompliance issues, or be recommended for conditions on current assessment.
  • Current Assessment Report must have limited file maintenance and applied discretion issues. 
  • Current Assessment Report must not have issues involving life, safety, and security standards. 
  • Must not currently be affected by issues that detract from the tenets or goals of accreditation.


Kathleen Sanfratello, Support Services Manager
120 Wilkinson Ave
Cary, NC 27513
(919)-460-4904 (fax)

Ken Davis, Records Supervisor
120 Wilkinson Ave
Cary, NC 27513
(919)-460-4904 (fax)