City of Pismo Beach 760 Mattie Road Pismo Beach, CA 93449 Ph: (805) 773-4657
Law Enforcement Accreditation
In November of 2007, the Pismo Beach Police Department was awarded its first national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). To retain accredited status, the department must apply for re-accreditation every three years. The 36-month accreditation process entails an agency-wide commitment to make certain that written directives and facilities are in compliance with CALEA’s 481 rigorous national law enforcement standards, which cover the areas of management, personnel practices, law enforcement operations, training, support operations, records, and property/evidence preservation and control.
Visit the CALEA website at
This voluntary process culminates with an on-site assessment performed by CALEA assessors, who are trained public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The Pismo Beach Police Department underwent its most recent on-site assessment on August 19th – 22nd of 2013.
As part of the on-site assessment process, the police department hosted a Public Information Session on Monday, August 19th, 2013 in order to provide the CALEA assessors with the opportunity to receive comments from the public to assist in determining the level of professionalism and community confidence the department holds with the people it services.
In March of 2014, representatives from the department will appear before a panel of CALEA commissioners at the CALEA conference in Garden Grove, CA. Commissioners will review the assessors’ report from the on-site inspection in August 2013 and question the department representatives in order to decide to award re-accreditation or not.
CALEA Accreditation has become the primary method for law enforcement agencies to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standards upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers.
CALEA Accreditation requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences within the community.
CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
CALEA Accreditation facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.
For more information about the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, please visit www.calea.org