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CALEA
The Glendale Heights Police Department has been accreditated by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, a non-profit organization formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of four prestigious law enforcement agencies: the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Organization for Black Law Enforcement Executives; the National Sheriff's Association; and the Police Executive Research Forum.

What is Accreditation?
It is the process by which an agency receives an objective, outside stamp of approval that is earned through diligent internal and external evaluation. These evaluations are based on professional policing standards and are set by an impartial, knowledgeable group of law enforcement professionals.

What Does Accreditation Accomplish?
Accreditation assures that the Department's policies, procedures and training guide the agency's performance. Specifically, it will:
  • Strengthen crime prevention and control
  • Formalize management and administrative procedures
  • Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices
  • Improve service delivery
  • Boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency
  • Bring the Department up to national professional level
  • Ensure a sense of well-being in the community
  • Assure government leaders of the quality of law enforcement
What is the Process?
The Glendale Heights Police Department was awarded its first CALEA accreditation in 2008, and has since been re-accredited in 2011 and 2014. Every three years the department must be re-assessed to ensure that compliance with applicable standards has been maintained.

What Other Agencies are Accredited?
In Illinois, 48 agencies are CALEA accredited, 14 of these are in DuPage County. In addition to Glendale Heights, other accredited DuPage County agencies include Addison, Bartlett, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, Hanover Park, Hinsdale, Lombard, Naperville, Oak Brook, Willowbrook, Wood Dale, the DuPage County Sheriff's Department and Forest Preserve District Police. Internationally, over 700 agencies are accredited.

If you have any questions about the accreditation process, please contact our Accreditation Coordinator, Katie Pentecost, at 630.909.5432.