The Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program was developed in 2002 and is open to governmental organizations that are authorized to provide a comprehensive basic law enforcement or public safety training program or advanced in-service broad scope training. Its purpose is to promote superior
public safety training services and recognize professional excellence. The program's standards were derived from the best practices of professional public safety training agencies and institutions, and do not conflict with any national or state Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) authorities or other training authorities. The program has 158 standards which cover nine topic areas: 1) credentialing, 2) organization, 3) direction and authority, 4) human resources, 5) recruitment, selection, employment, and promotion, 6) instructional systems, 7) training administration, 8) instructors, 9) students
This academy opted to obtain the Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation to enhance the prior CALEA Accreditation it received under the St. Louis County Police Department. Accreditation is a continuing process. The Academy successfully prepared for an on-site assessment for renewal of its accreditation in August of 2011. We received re-accreditation at the CALEA conference in Colorado Springs, CO. It became effective on December 6, 2011.