The Goose Creek Police Department isaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc. CALEA is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 to provide standards for law enforcement agencies and administer an assessment program to verify the compliance of agencies that enter the voluntary process.
Our agency entered the accreditation process in 1999 and we received our initial accreditation in 2002. We were reaccredited in 2006, 2008, and in November, 2011. Our most recent reaccreditation was designated by the Commission as "Accreditation with Excellence." This distinction is awarded to only a handful of agencies receiving reaccreditation that, in the words of the Commission, "employ CALEA Accreditation in a manner that sets the benchmark for public safety professionalism."
Currently, the Standards for Law Enforcement issued by CALEA consists of 479 standards identified as "best professional practices." Of that total, 424 standards are applicable to our agency based on our staffing size and operations. We are proud to state that we demonstrated 100% compliance with all 424 applicable standards.
We are committed to proving to our citizens and government officials, by way of an independent examination by a recognized organization, that we are truly devoted to working within the identified best practices for law enforcement organizations. Maintaining our accreditation is a daily effort and we look forward to our 4th reaccreditation bid in 2014.