The Smithfield Police Department continues to meet or exceed national standards in law enforcement, as set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), recently earning its fifth reaccreditation award. In March of 2013, the Department was awarded “Accreditation with Excellence” status, and in November of 2015, voluntarily underwent CALEA’s “Gold Standard” Assessment. The Gold Standard Assessment “focuses primarily on processes and outcomes associated with standards specific to agency policies. In short, it works to measure the impact of accreditation as opposed to simply confirming compliance through a file-by-file review.”
At the March 2016 CALEA Conference, held in St. Louis, Missouri, the Police Chief and Accreditation Manager appeared before the Commission, which unanimously voted in favor of the Department’s reaccreditation. The Smithfield Police Department has been accredited since 2001, and currently complies with 328 mandatory, and 75 other-than-mandatory standards, as part of CALEA’s Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
In photo, left to right: CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr., Police Chief Richard P. St. Sauveur, Jr., Deputy Police Chief Robert W. VanNieuwenhuyze, CALEA Commissioner Richard W. Myers.