CALEA Advanced Accreditation
Message from the Police Chief
On July 30, 2011, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) voted unanimously to award Advanced Accreditation to the Southern Pines Police Department. The accreditation process focuses an agency's efforts on systems for management, addressing community issues, and positioning the agency for the future. In his comments to the Commission Review Committee upon being awarded Advanced Accreditation, Chief Letteney said:
"The accreditation process has served as a blueprint to ensure the Southern Pines Police Department is at the forefront of the best practices in the profession, achieves the level of professionalism and service delivery it is capable of and maintains that level as the needs of the community change. As the first law enforcement agency in our region to embark on the process of accreditation, we seek to become a model for other agencies to follow while we provide assurance to the community that the Southern Pines Police Department meets, and hopefully exceeds, the professional standards of law enforcement."
This is a significant achievement for the department and puts us in the top tier of professional law enforcement agencies who have demonstrated a commitment to professional excellence. We are the first accredited agency in the county and region and we are in the top 6% of agencies in the state who have submitted to this intensive system of policy development, operational review and outside assessment; This further shows leadership and dedication of the department in serving our community in the best possible manner.
As the chief executive officer (CEO) of an accredited agency said:
"The Accreditation Process provides the best and the most credible roadmap for any law enforcement agency in pursuit of professional excellence. It will be the benchmark for policing in the 21st century."
“CALEA Accreditation inspires public confidence in our agency, as well as assures that our department is up-to-date on police initiatives and administrative practices. Among the areas of particular importance addressed by CALEA, are the delivery of services to our citizens and the emphasis on inter-agency cooperation. CALEA provides a means of checks and balances that confirms the successful tactics we have in place."
For more information on law enforcement accreditation, please contact the Southern Pines Police Department accreditation manager at 910-692-2732, or by email.
The Southern Pines Police Department has again earned reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) following the department’s initial accreditation in 2011 and subsequent reaccreditation in 2014. The Department was recently recognized and awarded Advanced Accreditation with Excellence at the CALEA National Conference in Providence, Rhode Island.
Certification/Reaccreditation status represents a significant professional achievement and is confirmation that the Southern Pines Police Department’s policies and practices are consistent with progressive professional standards. CALEA assessors spent several days evaluating the Department in March 2017, and examined all aspects of the Southern Pines Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the assessment team is a part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Southern Pines Police Department was guided in the pursuit of this confirmation of excellence by the Department’s Accreditation Manager Kathy Fernandez. While there are several tiers of accreditation, the Southern Pines Police Department has achieved the highest and most stringent recognition available in the law enforcement profession. The Southern Pines Police Department has achieved the respected status of “Advanced Accreditation with Excellence” following the most stringent assessment review process known as a “Gold Standard Assessment.”
“We are once again pleased to be reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This certification is validation that the high standards we hold our personnel to is aligned with international guidelines and law enforcement’s best practices. Our continued certification will help to instill even greater public confidence in our agency and further enhance the ability to serve our community,” said Chief Robert Temme.
The CALEA Accreditation award is valid until 2021, and the Department is required to maintain continuous compliance during the award period which is verified annually by CALEA. The Southern Pines Police Department currently is the only accredited law enforcement agency in Moore County, North Carolina.