Taylor Mill Police Awarded CALEA Accreditation
The Taylor Mill POlice Department was awarded national accreditation this month by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in the Law Enforcement program.
The agency was first accredited in 2010.
Following a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, Taylor Mill Police Chief Steve Knauf and Lieutenant James Mills, Jr. attended the Virtual CALEA conference during the week of November 9.
Each agency being reviewed goes before CALEA’s 21-member board of commissioners where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agencies’ accreditation status.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual CALEA Conference, where agencies are formally reviewed and awarded in person, was taken online to a virtual format. On Friday November 13, the CALEA commission voted to approve reaccreditation of the Taylor Mill Police Department.
CALEA President Anthony Purcell and Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. will formally award the Taylor Mill Police Department with accreditation, signifying excellence in public safety and commitment to community.
This is the Taylor Mill Police Department’s 4th award of national accreditation.
“We are very proud of the fact that TMPD is one of only three police departments in Kentucky to be CALEA accredited,” Taylor Mill Police Chief Steve Knauf said.
In 1979, the Commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations; the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.
The purpose of the commission is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety, and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is how a public safety agency voluntarily demonstrates how it meets professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
“This award of accreditation does not come easy,” said CALEA President Anthony Purcell, Chief of Police of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department. “Agencies must go through a rigorous review and evaluation of their organization and then implement the necessary policy and procedure changes. The process does not stop at that point. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards. Each community with CALEA accredited agencies should be feel confident that their public safety organization is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.”