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WSP Receives CALEA Reaccreditation
In July 2010, the Washington State Patrol received full reaccreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The WSP was first accredited in 1988, the third state law enforcement agency to do so. Since then, the WSP has been fully reaccredited seven times.
In 2010, along with full reaccreditation, the agency was awarded “Flagship” status. This means that the agency demonstrated best practices over a period of many years. CALEA encourages agencies with this status to mentor other departments that are new to the accreditation process.
Chief John R. Batiste stated, “This is proof that when people meet an employee of the Washington State Patrol, they are getting the best in law enforcement service. The accreditation process includes intense scrutiny, and we are a better agency for having gone through this process.”
During the reaccreditation process, evaluators from agencies around the country visited the WSP to verify compliance with more than 460 specific standards. Assessors rode along with troopers and visited WSP operations in many parts of the state. The assessors indicated that the WSP is meeting accreditation standards for both management and service delivery.
The accreditation process the WSP has established over the years is unique, and we are proud to say that the process is a team effort. The WSP has created a team of 32 people located strategically throughout Washington State. These people are asked to gather proofs showing how we conduct daily operations. Once the proofs are obtained they are submitted to the Strategic Planning and Performance Section where they are reviewed for compliance with current laws, policies and procedures. If written policies and/or processes need to be adjusted, the change is proposed to management and appropriate action is initiated. Our mission - “The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of our state by providing the best in public safety services” - is truly complemented by CALEA standard accountability.
For further information on the Accreditation Process, please contact us by e-mail or letter at:
Washington State Patrol
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