Left to Right: Investigator Nancy Harvey (Accreditation Assistant), Captain Wayne Bridges (Accreditation Manager), and Glen Allen (Police Chief) who traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to receive the award.)
The Clayton Police Department is proud to announce the CALEA commissioners unanimously voted to grant accreditation status to the department. This vote on Saturday, November 21st at the 2009 Fall CALEA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, culminates a nearly three-year effort to raise the professional standards of the agency and moves Clayton PD into the top-tier of all law enforcement agencies. This award is for three years and will require a re-inspection for continuation before the end of 2012. A team of outside assessors recently visited Clayton and conducted a thorough review of the Police Department August 29 – September 1.
The Clayton Police Department becomes only the 5th municipal agency in the State with fewer than 50 personnel to achieve full law enforcement accreditation, and the first agency in Johnston County. A total of 39 agencies in North Carolina hold accredited status, including 8 state agencies and 3 sheriff’s departments. CALEA accreditation is an international honor, with over 700 agencies in 4 countries having earned the award.
The CALEA certification for Clayton PD may also be viewed as a cost-savings measure. The Town’s insurance provider imparts up to a 20% insurance premium credit on law enforcement liability coverage once CALEA accreditation is achieved.
According to Police Chief Glen Allen, “Earning CALEA Accreditation is a milestone that any law enforcement agency would be proud to achieve. Accreditation reflects well upon the department and most importantly, highlights the professional standards and skills of all police employees while providing a template for us to bestow enhanced accountability and better service to the Clayton community.