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Justice Assistance Grant ProgramAccreditation (CALEA)

Miami Police Obtains National Re-Accreditation Status:

During the month of November 2011, 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 Alexandria Police Department (Alexandria, VA), Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Las Vegas, NV). 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 November 29 through December 02, 2011, to conduct the on-site audit which consisted of: an agency static display, 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.

During the on-site assessment, the Department showcased a variety of operational vehicles and equipment through a static display. The vehicles ranged from police bicycles to a self-contained mobile command post. Some of the vehicles and equipment showcased were: Segways, bicycles, motorcycles, police patrol vehicles, a SWAT van and equipment, Bomb Squad vehicles, Crime Scene vehicles, K-9 vehicles and dog, a Marine Patrol vessel, and an Aviation Detail helicopter. The Department also took this opportunity to showcase its personnel.

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 alongs” with officers to get a firsthand look at the manner in which service is provided to the citizens and visitors.

On December 1st, 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 2nd and was informed that the Miami Police Department would be recommended for re-accreditation. The Department received its official re-accreditation certificate on March 24, 2012.