In 1988, the Washington State Patrol became just the third state law enforcement agency to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

In order to receive accreditation from CALEA, police agencies must comply with more than 484 standards that detail every major aspect of law enforcement, including: Traffic operations, crime analysis, performance evaluation, recruitment, evidence collection, strategic planning, public information, communications, and active threats. These standards are designed to make an agency more efficient, accountable, and responsive to the needs of citizens.

2016 marked 28 years of consecutive CALEA accreditation for the Washington State Patrol. That year, the WSP received “Accreditation with Excellence,” the highest single period award given by CALEA.

For further information on the Accreditation Process at (360) 596-4000 or