On Saturday, November 16, the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) presented Garden Grove Police Chief Kevin Raney and accompanying members of the Garden Grove Police Department, with the Department's eighth accreditation, and the Commission's highest honor, Accreditation with Excellence. The presentation took place during CALEA's Fall Conference, November 12 through 16, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Considered one of the highest honors in law enforcement standards, the CALEA re-accreditation identifies Garden Grove's internationally recognized level of professional excellence in law enforcement management and service. The Garden Grove Police Department received its initial CALEA accreditation in 1988, and has received re-accreditation seven times since.
The Accreditation with Excellence award is given only to accredited agencies that serve as a model for the delivery of enhanced public safety services and management professionalism. Garden Grove is the only municipal law enforcement agency in Southern California to earn this honor since its development in 2011.
During April 2013, CALEA assessors performed on-site evaluations of the Department's public safety management policies, procedures, practices, and activities, to determine its level of professional standards based on CALEA criteria.
Formed in 1979, CALEA is an independent accrediting authority comprised of four major law enforcement executive associations, which represent about 80 percent of the nation's law enforcement profession.