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.


On November 18, 2017 the department was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  This concluded a three year long independent review process of the department’s policies and procedures which included an onsite assessment of the police department and a hearing before the commissioners.