The Greenbelt Police Department was recently awarded unconditional accreditation with excellence from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. during the organization's November conference in Jacksonville, Fla., according to a release from the Greenbelt police.
Of the 107 agencies in attendance that underwent accreditation/reaccreditation hearings, only 17 were acknowledged as having reached Accreditation with Excellence status, according to the statement.
CALEA’s accreditation program was developed to ensure quality law enforcement service and enhance the profession of law enforcement, and can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met and verified, according to CALEA’s website.
"This is an honor not only for our department, but for the city as a whole,” said Lt. John Barrett, the Greenbelt police accreditation manager, in an email.
Greenbelt police received its initial accreditation in 2006 and undergoes the process of reaccreditation every three years.