The Smithfield Police Department
and National Accreditation
In 1998, the Smithfield Police Department made a voluntary commitment to pursue national accreditation status under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Accreditation provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to demonstrate that they meet a set of nationally recognized, professional standards, currently 480 in number, which help to strengthen crime prevention programs, formalize essential management procedures, and establish fair and nondiscriminatory practices. During this initial accreditation process, the Accreditation Unit was responsible for the development, implementation, and updating of policies and procedures, to meet or exceed CALEA standards. The Department attained national accreditation status in March of 2001 and was reaccredited in 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013.
To maintain its reaccredited status, and to be eligible for reaccreditation in March of 2016, the Department must remain in compliance with all applicable standards, meet any new or revised standards set forth by the Commission, and undergo a sixth on-site assessment in November, 2015. Such compliance, as monitored, documented and reported (to CALEA) by the Department’s Accreditation Manager, ensures that the Smithfield Police Department is meeting or exceeding the highest and most current law enforcement standards in the nation.
For more information, please contact the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Deputy Police Chief Robert W. VanNieuwenhuyze, at (401) 231-2500, extension 102.
For more information on CALEA and National Accreditation, please visit www.calea.org.