Virginia State Police achieved its initial accreditation in 1986, and was the second state law-enforcement agency in the nation to receive such a prestigious recognition.
Since then, the State Police has continually maintained its accredited status through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc.
CALEA was created in 1979 to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
The reaccreditation process takes place every three years, and incorporates a thorough review of written materials, interviews and site visits are conducted by the CALEA on-site assessment team. Additionally, all Department policy and procedures, management, administration, operations, and personnel structure and process are examined for compliance with CALEA standards.
The Virginia State Police Office of Performance Management and Internal Controls maintains the Department’s accreditation status. This is an on-going project for an accredited law enforcement agency and requires constant monitoring and periodic updating of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with internationally accepted law enforcement accreditation standards.
More information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. and the accreditation process is available at http://www.calea.org.