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CALEA Accreditation

Law Enforcement Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

The CALEA Accreditation programs provide public safety agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily meet an established set of professional standards, which require:

  • Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance and responsibilities.
  • Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions.
  • Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents.
  • Community relationship-building and maintenance
  • Independent review by subject matter experts
  • Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures

Accreditation and Recognition

Tulane University began the accreditation process by entering into self-assessment in 2014. Self-assessment requires an agency to conduct a critical review of policies, procedures, facilities and operations.  During this period the Tulane University Police Department prepared proofs of compliance with each of the established Tier 1 standards.  Upon completion of the internal review, a formal audit and review was conducted by trained CALEA assessors from across the nation.  The resulting review was forwarded to the CALEA Board who ultimately awarded the Tulane University Police Department full accreditation in 2016.

Each year, the Tulane University Police Department submits proofs of compliance affirming our commitment to the accreditation program.  Quadrennially a formal review of the accumulated proofs of compliance is conducted by an on-site team of assessors.  Assessors meet with both University and community stakeholders ensuring the Tulane University Police Department continues to meet the both the state and national standards promulgated by CALEA.

Under the guidance of our Professional Standards Manager, Kenneth Miestchovich, the Tulane University Police Department has been awarded accreditation certificates in 2019 and 2023.

If you would like to provide comments to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies about our activity in the Community or adherence to their standards, please visit this link: 



IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes. Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement of submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA accreditation.