Weare Police Department becomes nationally accredited

Last modified: 7/29/2015 12:35:29 AM
The Weare Police Department is now a nationally accredited organization.

On July 25, the department received its accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., also known as CALEA.

The commission is an organization created by national law enforcement agencies to set national standards for police departments, and going through it is the only way a department can become accredited.

“This prestigious CALEA award represents significant effort and extraordinary commitment by the police officers and staff of the Weare Police Department,” said Weare police Chief Sean Kelly in a press release. “CALEA accreditation marks the first step on the journey toward professional excellence.”

To become accredited, department officials had to write a policy manual for the officers, undergo a site visit and hold a public hearing with town residents. All that material was then reviewed by CALEA officials before they gave the department the designation.

The Weare Police Department will be accredited for three years and is required to demonstrate they are complying with the organization’s standards throughout that period.

Ella Nilsen


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