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CALEA Accreditation

Chief Treviño spent 27 years with the San Antonio Police Department where he served as Interim Chief and retired as the Assistant Chief. During his tenure, San Antonio PD achieved CALEA certification. I had an opportunity to sit down with him and learn more about the CALEA accreditation process.


What is CALEA?

The Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is an organization that has established what is widely considered to be the “Gold Standard” in public safety in terms of best practice standards. For an agency to receive CALEA accreditation, it must meet 207 standards for best practices in law enforcement.

The Accreditation Process

To achieve accreditation, an agency must go through a 5-step process: