Accreditation/Certification

CALEA Accreditation


Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
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Initial Award - 1997
Re-accreditations - 2000, 2003, 2007
2010, 201
3, 2016


The City of Norcross Police Department was first accredited in 1997. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with 480 state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

Every three years, the department must undergo an on-site assessment as part of its effort to maintain its international accreditation. This process verifies that the department continues to meet specifically defined professional standards.

Agencies that display exceptional performance during their on-site evaluations are eligible to receive the CALEA Flagship Award. The Norcross Police Department was awarded Flagship status in 2007 and 2010.

State of Georgia Certification


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Initial Award - 2000
Re-certifications - 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017
The State of Georgia Certification Program is managed by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and consists of 108 standards that are similar to the CALEA accreditation process as well as several standards that are unique to Georgia laws and procedures.

Certification is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of certification lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by a joint executive committee that the agency has met the requirements for certification.

Certification status represents a significant professional achievement. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.