Police Chief Scott Cunningham announced today that the Winston-Salem Police Department has been re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.
Re-accreditation was unanimously awarded by the members of the commission after interviewing Cunningham and reviewing a report submitted by an assessment team who visited the Winston-Salem Police Department in August.
“The accreditation process requires participating law enforcement agencies to maintain compliance with up to 480 accreditation standards that represent the best practices of the profession,” Cunningham said.
“Being re-accredited confirms our belief in delivering high-quality professional service, and verifies our continued compliance with the leading set of standards in law enforcement,” Cunningham said. “Agency personnel should be proud of their continuing efforts, while citizens should be pleased that their police department is among the most professional in the country.”
The accreditation is valid for three years. This is the fifth consecutive time the Police Department has been re-accredited since its original accreditation in 1997.
The Police Department has placed the CALEA assessment report on its website, www.WSPD.org, to provide information, improve transparency, and build community trust.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, visit www.calea.org, call (703) 352-4225, or write the commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.