On March 21, 2015 the Bluffton Police Department was granted accreditation for the third consecutive time. The vote from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) culminates a three year effort to raise the professional standards of the agency and moves the department into the top-tier of law enforcement departments.
The Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was the first credentialing program established by CALEA after its founding. It was originally developed to address what was seen as a need to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement. That mission continues today. The program is open to all types of law enforcement agencies, on an international basis. It provides a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agencies’ policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards.
Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standard upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based, reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies, as well as law enforcement executives internationally, acknowledge CALEA’s Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies© and its Accreditation Program as benchmarks for today’s law enforcement agency. The Bluffton Police Department was first accredited in 2009 and has since been reaccredited every three years.