Law Enforcement Accreditation

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In 2007, the Pismo Beach Police Department was awarded its first national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). To retain accredited status, the department must apply for re-accreditation every 3 years. The 36-month accreditation process entails an agency-wide commitment to make certain that written directives and facilities are in compliance with CALEA’s 484 rigorous national law enforcement standards, which cover the areas of management, personnel practices, law enforcement operations, training, support operations, records, and property/evidence preservation and control. This voluntary process culminates with an on-site assessment performed by CALEA assessors, who are trained public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. 

Our next on-site assessment will take place on August 7-10, 2016. As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community and law enforcement professionals are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Pismo Beach Council Chambers located at 760 Mattie Road, Pismo Beach. Refreshments will be served prior to the meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (805) 773-7047 on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the CALEA Commission, who will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. If successful, the department will be awarded re-accreditation at CALEA’s national conference in Charleston, SC in November of 2016.

For questions about the Pismo Beach Police Department’s participation in the accreditation process, please contact Pismo Beach Police Accreditation Manager Sherry Lange at or (805) 773-7029.

 CALEA Accreditation has become the primary method for law enforcement agencies to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standards upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers.

  • CALEA Accreditation requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
  • CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
  • CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences within the community.
  • CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
  • Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
  • CALEA Accreditation facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.

    For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,  please visit or call (800) 368-3757.