Law Enforcement Accreditation is a special status that is accorded to a law enforcement agency by the Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Accreditation in law enforcement is similar to accreditation of other fields such as hospitals and colleges.  It means the agency has met specific standards of excellence and operates according to normal standards established by practitioners in the law enforcement fields from throughout the United States and Canada.

Accreditation compels an agency to operate within specific guidelines.  It requires accountability.  It makes the agency adopt nationally recognized practices of quality in the law enforcement field.  It improves agency morale and prevents an agency from slipping into mediocrity.

Columbus Chief of Police, Michael Richardson, said, “CALEA accreditation is a validation of excellence and an assurance to our community that we are constantly making improvements to best serve the citizens of Columbus.”

Dual Accreditation

The Columbus Police Department is proud to say that in November, 2014 we received accreditation from CALEA.  Additionally, in March, 2015 we received accreditation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ILEAC).  With this accreditation it ensures that we increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in delivery of law enforcement services while increasing citizen and employee confidence in the department goals, objectives, policies and practices.

Welcome to the Columbus Police Department Accreditation Public Comment Portal 



The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding the Columbus Police Departments compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence. The Public Comment Portal will be available on the Columbus Police Department website beginning Friday, February 10th 2023.

**The Columbus Police Department has been Accredited since 2014 and continues daily to follow best practices in Law Enforcement and Public Service to the citizens of Columbus, Indiana.

IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes.  Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.


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