The Littleton Police Department (LPD) has been awarded CALEA accreditation at the organization’s 2022 spring meeting. The award demonstrates the agency’s commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice. This is LPD’s sixth consecutive accreditation.
Accreditation from CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) requires that the department meet 366 professional standards based on national best practices. The reaccreditation process takes place every four years and requires an extensive review including a week-long, audit by outside assessors. The agency must demonstrate continual compliance during the full four-year award cycle. During the site-based assessment, the auditors focused on several key areas:
Of approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, less than 5% are accredited. LPD is one of only 18 Colorado law enforcement agencies that have achieved full accreditation status. Chief Doug Stephens said, “We are very proud to have received our sixth reaccreditation from CALEA. Accreditation helps us achieve our goals of transparency and commitment to high professional standards for the community we serve.”
The CALEA commission provides an opportunity for individuals to provide feedback, commendations, and other information regarding LPD’s quality of service or other information relevant to the accreditation process through an Accreditation Performance Link.
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).