The Bowling Green Police Division’s CALEA Accreditation has been officially confirmed. In a letter addressed to Chief Hetrick, the CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) Chairperson, Richard Myers, and Executive Director, W. Craig Hartley, Jr., informed him that the accreditation will become effective on November 20, and will remain in effect for four years. This is the eighth time over the last 23 years that the BGPD has received the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation.
The process of CALEA Accreditation is lengthy and detailed – beginning with a self-assessment reviewing policies, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards. Independent assessors, with significant public safety experience, conduct a site assessment which includes public feedback, agency interviews, and an assessment of the overall service delivery capacity. Public feedback is received to promote community trust and engagement.
A governing body of 21 Commissioners determines accreditation following a public hearing along with a review of all reporting documentation.