CALEA LogoThe Asheville Police Department has been accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since November 1994.

The CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts for law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Associations of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The purpose of CALEA accreditation is to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of up-to-date standards. The goal of CALEA accreditation is to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities; formalize essential management procedures; establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; improve service delivery; solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and increase community and staff confidence in the agency.

The Asheville Police Department’s commitment to professional excellence is demonstrated by the fact that the department has been re-accredited by CALEA 6 times since our initial accreditation in 1994. Out of approximately 500 law enforcement agencies in North Carolina, less than 10% are currently CALEA law enforcement accredited. Asheville is one of the only fully CALEA accredited agencies in Western North Carolina.

CALEA requires that the department meet a number of specific standards. There are 387 standards with 686 points that are applicable to the Asheville Police Department for accreditation. These standards address major functions and generally address the following areas:

Agency Jurisdiction and Mutual Aid Use of Force
Contractual Agreements for Law Enforcement Services Organization and Administration
Direction Planning and Research
 Reserve Officer Program Fiscal Management and Agency Property
Classification and Delineation of Duties and Responsibilities

Disciplinary Procedures and Internal Affairs

Recruitment and Selection Training and Career Development
Promotions Performance Evaluation
Crime Analysis and Intelligence Patrol Operations
Criminal Investigations Vice, Drugs, and Organized Crime
Juvenile Operations Crime Prevention and Community Involvement
Critical Incidents, Special Operations, and Homeland Security Inspectional Services
Public Information Victim/Witness Assistance
Traffic Legal Processes
Communications Central Records
Collection and Preservation of Evidence Property and Evidence Control


Additional information can be found at CALEA's website


For more information on the Asheville Police Department's accreditation process or any of the CALEA accreditation standards please contact:

Hannah Silberman
Accreditation Manager
Asheville Police Department
(828) 259-5997