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CALEA Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is the preeminent accrediting body for today’s law enforcement agency.  Since 1979, CALEA has been internationally recognized as the Gold Standard in Public Safety.  CALEA now offers 4 separate accreditation programs.  During 2015 across the United States 635 police agencies have received and maintained CALEA’s Law Enforcement Accreditation and 167 agencies are in the process of self-assessment leading to accreditation.


The University of Missouri-St. Louis Police Department is the 18th university in the country and the 5th Land Grant Institution Police Department to achieve CALEA’s first credentialing program: the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.


As of our December 2015 re-accreditation, we join with 7 other CALEA accredited universities in the eight States bordering Missouri.   Within our neighboring States, we are proud to be the 2nd university to receive accreditation (only the University of Arkansas precedes us) in our long-standing commitment to accreditation and professional standards for the delivery of law enforcement service to our campus.


The bordering agencies joining us in adherence to the CALEA Gold Standard of Public Safety are:


We encourage and support the Iowa State University Department of Public Safety; the Middle Tennessee State University Police Department; the University of Missouri-Kansas City Police Department; the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Police Department; and the Washington University Police Department in their policy development and proof of compliance efforts required in their 3-year self-assessment process.


To date less than 70 campus police departments have committed to maintaining compliance with applicable professional standards, keeping its proofs of compliance up-to-date, and living by the letter and spirit of those standards. There are no CALEA accredited colleges or universities in Kentucky or Oklahoma.


This link contains a list of colleges and universities across the country in self-assessment or who currently maintain accreditation. The information on our site is updated every four years at the completion of our accreditation cycle.


For a full listing of all CALEA member police departments, please visit their web site or click on the following link: