On July 21st Police Chief Stephen Mylett and our reaccreditation team met with members of the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Scottsdale Arizona. The Southlake Police Department is proud to announce that the department has been reaccredited with no conditions by the Commission. Board Members said, “They were very pleased with the performance of our agency.” Southlake PD has been accredited by CALEA since 2000. Accreditation means our agency must comply with over 400 standards to maintain this status of excellence.
CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process which recognizes the Southlake Police Department for its accountability, professionalism, transparency and a commitment to excellence. The assessment team from CALEA conducted their on-site review in April after members of the Police Department reviewed thousands of pages of documents to verify that our department met, and will continue to meet, the high standards set by CALEA.
Police Chief Chief Mylett said, “I want to thank the command staff, our officers and civilians who worked very hard to help us maintain our CALEA accreditation status for the twelfth year in a row. It was a team effort and it shows, once again, the dedication of everyone in our division.”
During the on-site assessment, the team examined all aspects of the Southlake Police Department including: policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. At that time, the citizens of Southlake were also invited to a public hearing to make comments in person, call in by phone or send comments by mail if they were unable to attend the hearing.
The purpose of the on-site assessment is to verify the Southlake Police Department’s compliance with the Commission’s nationally recognized law enforcement standards. The accreditation process not only recognizes law enforcement agencies for professional excellence, it also provides the agencies with opportunities for continuous improvement. Again, participation in the process is voluntary by our department.
The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement members from out-of-state agencies of similar size. While on-site, the assessors reviewed written material, conducted interviews, toured facilities, observed static displays, rode with officers as well as attended patrol briefings. Chief Mylett says, “We hold our officers and our department to the highest standards possible in the law enforcement community. Maintaining our accreditation with CALEA means that the citizens of Southlake can be proud to have an agency that is committed to excellence, accountability and transparency in every way.”