CALEA Accreditation

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Message From
Terry Young, Chief of Police



The men and women of the Surprise Police Department (SPD) take pride in complying with the internationally recognized law enforcement standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Department’s commitment to compliance with these standards has resulted in:

  • Development of a standardized set of comprehensive, well thought-out written directives/policies,
  • Advanced capability to generate reports and analyses to make informed management decisions,
  • Enhanced relationship with the community,
  • Higher level of accountability within the Department,
  • Reduction of liability and risk exposure, and
  • SPD culture characterized by the relentless pursuit of excellence.

After achieving initial accreditation in 2007, the SPD staff continued its dedication to excellence and continual improvement. In November 2010, 2013, and 2016, this dedication and perseverance was rewarded with three more successful reaccreditations through CALEA. The members of SPD do not view CALEA accreditation as an exercise in meeting paperwork requirements, but rather building a solid foundation for developing a world-class police agency. In maintaining compliance with more than 400 law enforcement standards, as "YOUR Police," we have the confidence that the Surprise Police Department accomplishes its safety and security mission consistently, competently, equitably, and professionally.

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