The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), was formed in 1979 to establish a body of standards designed to increase law enforcement agencies capabilities and to prevent and control crime. The commission consists of twenty-one members and includes major membership associations such as:
  • IACP - International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • NOBLE - National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • NSA - National Sheriffs' Association
  • PERF - Police Executive Research Forum
The process of accreditation is voluntary and is non-adversarial. The process of accreditation takes approximately three years.

Benefits of Achieving Accreditation Status

  • Obtaining international excellence in the delivery of police services
  • Controlled liability insurance cost
  • Administrative Improvements
  • Greater accountability from supervisors
  • Increased government and community support


The accreditation process consists of five phases:
  • Application Phase
  • Self-Assessment Phase
  • On-Site Assessment Phase
  • Commission Review Phase
  • Maintaining compliance and Re-Accreditation Phase

Jupiter's Accreditation

The Jupiter Police Department received their CALEA international reaccreditation from the commission at their conference in St. Louis, Missouri in March 2016 and the agency received its CFA state reaccreditation in June 2016. Accreditation is a continuous process and is awarded in three year increments. Police agencies are required to maintain accreditation through annual report submissions and standard compliance.

For more information about the Jupiter Police Department's accreditation process contact Accreditation Manager Kristin Rightler.