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The Ottawa Police Department, is proud to be accredited through CALEA (The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.), earning its initial accreditation in 2015 and first reaccreditation in 2019. The CALEA accreditation award is granted for a four-year period during which time agencies must submit annual reports and remote file inspections to prove continued compliance with applicable standards. At the culmination of the fourth year, an on-site assessment is conducted by CALEA assessors to maintain accreditation status. CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process that supports the Department’s mission of delivery of professional services. 

CALEA was established in 1979 and continues to be the gold standard for law enforcement accreditation, drawing its credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations:


CALEA was created through the joint efforts of the major law enforcement associations including:


The International Association of Chiefs of Police


National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)


National Sheriff’s Association (NSA)


Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)


To learn more about CALEA visit

Comments can be provided to CALEA with commendations, or

other information on the agency’s quality of service by clicking on

this link

2019 Award Photo
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