The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) granted Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation with Excellence to the Round Rock Police Department for the next four years. On November 5, 2016, Chief Allen Banks, Assistant Chief Troy Evans and Accreditation Manager Larry Roberson appeared before the CALEA Commission in Charleston, South Carolina to discuss the department’s reaccreditation.
“This reaccreditation process is a result of all the hard work from the men and women of the Round Rock Police Department who serve their community and work in partnership to ensure that Round Rock remains a safe place to live and work,” said Chief Banks.
The Round Rock Police Department was initially accredited by the Commission in 2004, at the CALEA Conference in Austin, TX. Accreditation is a voluntary process that welcomes law enforcement practitioners, or assessors, from CALEA to examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
The team of out-of-state assessors conducted an on-site evaluation of the department August 14-17, 2016; to verify that RRPD meets the Commission’s over 480 state-of-the-art law enforcement standards of proven best management practices. CALEA’s internationally recognized standards are the highest standards in law enforcement. Accreditation ensures the department has consistent policies, formalizes management practices and provides for accountability through checks and balances at all levels of the agency.
Accreditation standards provide the Chief of Police a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation. Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management and service delivery. Accreditation embodies the precepts of community oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime.
Accreditation has now transitioned to a four-year process, during which the department’s records are inspected annually and a CALEA inspector reports the findings of RRPD’s continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. CALEA will conduct another in depth on site evaluation of the Round Rock Police Department after four years with another team of out-of-state CALEA assessors to ensure continued compliance for advanced reaccreditation.
Attaining reaccreditation status represents the Round Rock Police Department’s ongoing acceptance of the obligation to continue the quest for professional excellence. The process holds the department accountable and sets the bar for professionalism.