During the month of December 2014, the Miami Police Department (MPD) underwent an extensive on-site assessment to obtain reaccreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
The accreditation process offered the MPD an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate its ability to comply with an established set of professional standards. These standards are designed to improve the delivery of law enforcement
services through self-regulation.
The on-site assessment team consisted of law enforcement professionals from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (Harris County, TX), Southern Pines Police Department (Southern Pines, NC). Prior to the on-site assessment,
more than one hundred files were submitted to the assessors for an off-site review. The assessment team visited the Department from December 15 through December 18, 2014, to conduct the on-site audit which consisted of:
an onsite review of written policies and procedures, submitted proofs, interviews and interactions with agency personnel, a public hearing, and an exit interview with the Chief of Police.
The assessors were taken on a tour of the Headquarters building where they visited the Communications Section, Property Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Section. Throughout the week, they also visited the North and
South District Stations, where they participated in “ride along” with officers to get a firsthand look at the manner in which service is provided to the citizens and visitors.
On December 16th, a public information forum was conducted at Miami Police College to allow comments from citizens on the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. During the session, citizens praised the performance,
cooperation, enthusiasm and professionalism of the employees. The Chief of Police met with the assessors on December 18th and was informed that the Miami Police Department would be recommended for re-accreditation. The Department
received its official re-accreditation certificate on March 21, 2015.