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Accreditation

On March 24, 2018, the Washington University Police Department achieved Accreditation through the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

What is CALEA?

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is a voluntary, non-governmental agency forged in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to create a body of standards which further the professional level of service offered by law enforcement agencies.

The CALEA Accreditation process is a proven modern management model which provides agencies a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery. 

Pursuing accreditation helps establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, formalize important management procedures and boost community and staff confidence in the agency.   

WUPD’s Process

Currently, WUPD is in our second assessment cycle, which is four years long.  CALEA conducts remote, annual reviews of the accreditation files, leading up to an on-site visit in the fourth year.  During the on-site visit, assessors will conduct physical inspections of the Department, interact with WUPD staff members and engage community members. 

WUPD’s next CALEA on-site visit for re-accreditation will be in 2021.

Learn more about the accreditation process (PDF).