The Department first began exploring CALEA accreditation in 1995. It was felt that CALEA accreditation would further enhance the Department's professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness. In addition, it would increase the cooperation and coordination with other police agencies and the community we serve. The St. Louis County Police Department was accredited by CALEA in 1998.
The re-accreditation process involves submitting annual reports to the Commission attesting to continued compliance with over 400 standards and an on-site commission review. The three-year re-accreditation received in 2010 is the Department's fourth since 1998.
In 2010, the St. Louis County Police Department became the first agency in Missouri to receive CALEA's prestigious Tri-Arc Award, for accreditations in Law Enforcement, Public Safety Communications and Public Service Training Academy, and only the sixth in the world.
CALEA is a voluntary, non-governmental agency formed in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriff's Association (NSA), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Together, they have created a body of standards which have furthered the professional level of service offered by local law enforcement agencies.