The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major law enforcement membership associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The overall purpose of the CALEA accreditation program is to improve delivery of law enforcement service by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics. It recognizes professional achievements by offering an orderly process for addressing and complying with applicable standards.
The Hanover Park Police Department is proud to be a CALEA nationally accredited law enforcement agency, beginning with our first accreditation in 2001. We also received re-accreditation in 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 with excellence honors. Less then 10% of all police agencies throughout the United States are accreditated.