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Police Department is Fifth Agency in the Nation to Earn the CALEA
TRI-ARC Excellence Award

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY . . . (December 1, 2009) The Prince William County Police Department has received its seventh re-accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA). CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).


The Prince William County Police Department has voluntarily participated in the CALEA accreditation program since 1987. In recognition of its 22 consecutive years of accredited status the Department received a meritorious designation and was selected as a CALEA Flagship Agency serving as a model of “best practices” for policy development compliance and file maintenance. 


This year Prince William County also earned the prestigious CALEA TRI-ARC Excellence Award. The TRI-ARC Award is bestowed upon agencies that concurrently hold all three CALEA accreditation awards: Law Enforcement Accreditation; Public Safety Communications Accreditation; and Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation. The Office of Public Safety Communications has been accredited since 2003. The Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy earned its first independent accreditation from CALEA this year; a designation shared by only one other criminal justice academy in Virginia.


The Prince William County Police Department is only the fifth agency in the nation and the only one in Virginia to earn the TRI-ARC Excellence Award. Executives from CALEA formally presented the TRI-ARC award to the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors on Dec. 1 2009.


The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services. This goal is achieved primarily by maintaining and adhering to a body of professional standards that cover a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives developed by recognized public safety practitioners. Through the establishment and administration of this national accreditation process CALEA recognizes those agencies that have achieved professional excellence in management and service delivery.


Additional information concerning the accreditation process can be obtained from our Accreditation Manager First Sergeant D. Hunter at 703-792-5827or or by contacting CALEA at 800-368-3757. 




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