CALEA® Accreditation

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Public Safety was awarded national Campus Security accreditation in May 2019.

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®)

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations. The CALEA Accreditation program seals are reserved for use by those public safety agencies that have demonstrated compliance with CALEA Standards and have been awarded CALEA Accreditation by the Commission.

What is accreditation?

The CALEA Accreditation programs provide public safety agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily meet an established set of professional standards, which require:

  • Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities
  • Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions
  • Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents
  • Community relationship-building and maintenance
  • Independent review by subject matter experts
  • Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures

Accreditation serves to recognize and maintain professional excellence in DPS security services by demonstrating compliance with national standards and best practices. Similar to schools, hospitals, and other industries, accreditation status for law enforcement agencies provides a framework for department-wide commitment to excellence.

Benefits of accreditation

  • Greater accountability within the agency: CALEA standards give the DPS a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.
  • Increased community advocacy: Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which agencies and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.
  • Staunch support from government officials: Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service-delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
  • Stronger defense against civil lawsuits: Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits. Also, many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them, once they become accredited.
  • Reduced risk and liability exposure: Many agencies report a reduction in their liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees.

What does the accreditation process involve?

The accreditation process consists of the following phases:

  1. Application
  2. Self-Assessment
  3. On-Site Assessment
  4. Commission Review
  5. Maintaining Compliance of Standards for Reaccreditation

In order to achieve accredited status, DPS must comply with 293 standards, and maintain continued compliance in order to keep this status. Accreditation lasts four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports and participate in annual web-based assessments attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. The CALEA accreditation process involved more than three years of policy development and training, to align the department with industry best practices. The program focuses on the safety and security of students and employees, and applies standards that require organizations to consider critical issues such as facility risks, regulatory reporting, technology-based security monitoring, preventative patrol and a host of other issues that provide comprehensive service delivery. These concepts are centered on the community-oriented policing model, which seeks to involve the community in crime prevention and education.

The accreditation period is for four years. During this time, the DPS must submit annual reports that document continuing compliance with applicable standards. Reaccreditation occurs at the end of the four years, pending another successful on-site assessment and hearing before the Commission.

More information:
For more information about the accreditation process, contact the DPS Professional Standards Manager at (808) 956-9802 or The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. at (703) 352-4225.