Despite COVID-19, Huntley Police Department Goes Through, Earns National Accreditation

Despite COVID-19, Huntley Police Department Goes Through, Earns National Accreditation

The Huntley Police Department was awarded national accreditation on July 31, 2020, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. in the Advanced Law Enforcement program. The agency was first accredited in 2010.

Following four annual remote, web-based file reviews and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Chief Robert Porter, Deputy Chief of Support Services Michael Klunk and Accreditation Manager Christina Austin virtually participated in the CALEA summer 2020 conference.

Each agency being reviewed goes before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agency’s accreditation status.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual CALEA Conference where agencies are formally reviewed and awarded in person was taken online to a virtual format. On Friday July 31, 2020, the CALEA Commission voted to approve reaccreditation of the Huntley Police Department.

CALEA President Anthony Purcell and Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. will formally award the Huntley Police Department with accreditation, signifying excellence in public safety and commitment to community. This is the Huntley Police Department’s fourth award of national accreditation.

“The accreditation process emphasizes the importance of accountability, transparency and professionalism in policing. These concepts are more important today that they have ever been. The accreditation process helps ensure we are setting and maintaining the highest standards for our department and our community,” said Chief of Police Robert Porter. “I am extremely proud of how the department performed not only through the assessment but each and every day as they fulfill their responsibilities in serving the public.”

In 1979, the commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations; the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

The purpose of the commission is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety, and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is how a public safety agency voluntarily demonstrates how it meets professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

“This award of accreditation does not come easy,” said CALEA President Anthony Purcell, Chief of Police, University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department. “Agencies must go through a rigorous review and evaluation of their organization and then implement the necessary policy and procedure changes. The process does not stop at that point. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards. Each community with CALEA accredited agencies should be feel confident that their public safety organization is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.”

According to the organization, benefits of accreditation include controlled liability insurance costs, stronger defense against lawsuits, greater accountability within the agency, evidence of leadership, improved employee morale and increased community advocacy.

SOURCE: village of Huntley Police Department news release

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