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CALEA was formed by the nation’s four major law enforcement member agencies in 1979 to develop nationwide standards for police agencies and a process of accreditation.

Accreditation ensures that police departments operate under a set of nationally accepted standards that are designed to provide citizens with professional law enforcement services.

Since the spring of 1985, the Staunton Police Department has been accredited through CALEA and has been re-accredited in 1990, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and most recently, in 2016. The department must successfully meet more than 400 standards pertaining to all aspects of police operations and administration to become accredited.

Citizens of the City of Staunton benefit from the accreditation process with the assurance that the police department maintains procedures to encourage, listen and respond to citizen requests, needs, complaints and inquiries.

A broad range of programs benefiting the public have been established as the result of accreditation, including:

  • Crime prevention
  • Community relations
  • Public information
  • School liaisons

If you have questions, comments, or require further information about the department’s accreditation, contact Captain L.A. Miller at 540.332.3845.