Cary Police Department Receives Eighth Consecutive Accreditation
PD also receives award for excellence
CARY, NC –The Town of Cary Police Department has earned its eighth consecutive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In addition to reaccreditation, the Police Department also received its second consecutive Accreditation with Excellence Award from CALEA; it received its first in 2012, the same year CALEA announced the award’s creation. CALEA announced the reaccreditation and award this past weekend at its annual conference. Until this year, Cary’s voluntary reaccreditation occurred triennially and CALEA first accredited the Police Department in 1992; in the future, Cary’s CALEA accreditation is valid for four years.
“Accreditation helps our Police Department stay on top of industry best practices, meet widely acknowledged high standards, recruit and retain the best, and respond to our citizens’ needs and expectations. The process, in which the entire community was involved, is another means to help us in our efforts to keep Cary one of the safest and best places in the nation,” said Town of Cary Police Chief Tony Godwin.
CALEA representatives visited Cary in July 2015 to assess the Town’s Police Department as part of the voluntary reaccreditation process. Assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed individuals, and visited offices and other locations where they were able to observe compliance. The department complied with 100 percent of all 392 mandatory and non-mandatory standards. This most recent accreditation will last four years, through August 2019; prior to 2015, each accreditation period was three years.
CALEA, formed in 1979, established an accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to demonstrate they meet an established set of professional standards. The standards are designed to increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime, and improve agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services. These standards also increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies, and raise citizen and employee confidence in departmental goals, objectives, policies and practices.
In addition to its police department, the Town of Cary’s Fire and Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources departments are also nationally accredited. Learn more about the Town of Cary Police Department at www.townofcary.org.
Tony Godwin, Police Chief, (919) 469-4325
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240