KPD receives national accreditation

LIHUE — The Kauai Police Department has received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Chief Darryl Perry, Deputy Chief Michael Contrades and members of KPD’s accreditation team received the news earlier this month, following a final assessment interview that took place in Charleston, South Carolina.

In a letter announcing KPD’s award, CALEA Chairman Richard Meyers and Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. stated, “We commend you and your agency for demonstrating a commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice. It is a privilege to award your agency CALEA Accreditation, which is accomplished through a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of professional standards.”

CALEA is considered the industry standard for professional excellence and is the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement.

In order to maintain the accreditation, all CALEA accredited agencies are reassessed every four years.

KPD’s accreditation is the result of a lengthy and rigorous process, which included a comprehensive audit of the department’s policies and operations, an on-site audit by CALEA representatives, and a thorough review of comments and feedback from the department’s employees and the general public.

“Only 5 percent of all law enforcement agencies across the United States are accredited,” stated Kaua‘i Police Chief Darryl Perry. “This recognition is the culmination of nearly nine years of commitment and dedication to this process.”

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