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.

The Columbus Police Department is scheduled for a virtual assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying that they meet professional standards.

Administered by the Commission for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state of the art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

As part of the assessment, Department employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm. The session will be conducted in the Cal Brand Room, in the City Hall Building at 123 Washington Street, Columbus, Indiana.

Department employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 812-376-2625 on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 between the hours of 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of those standards may be viewed at the Columbus Police Department or online by visiting the City of Columbus website Contact Mary Jarrard, Accreditation Manager or Captain Jay Frederick at 812-376-2600 for more information.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Columbus Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them directly to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155 or

El Departamento de policía de Columbus está programado para una evaluación virtual como parte de un programa para lograr la re-acreditación verificando que cumpla con los Estándares Profesionales.

Administrado por la Comisión de Acreditación para la aplicación de Agencias de Ley, Inc. (CALEA®), el programa de acreditación requiere que agencias cumplan con estándares de vanguardia e normas de técnica en cuatro áreas básicas: política e procedimientos, administración, operaciones y servicios de apoyo.

Como parte de la evaluacion, empliados del department e miembros de la comunidad son invitados a ofrecer comentarios en una sesión de información pública el 13 de Julio de 2021 a las 5 de la tarde.  La sesión se realizará en la Municipalidad de Columbus en el cuarto Carl Brand ubicado el 123 Washington Street Columbus, Indiana.

Empleados de las agencias y el público también están invitados a ofrecer comentarios llamando a (812) 376-2625 el 13 de Julio del 2021 entre las horas de 12:00 y 14:00. Los comentarios se tomarán por el equipo de evaluación.

Comentarios de teléfono, así como aspectos en la sesión de información pública seran limitados a solo 10 minutos y deben abordar la capacidad del departamento para cumplir con las normas de CALEA. Una copia de las normas está disponible en el Departamento de policía de Columbus y también en el sitio de web También pueden contactar a la Gerente de Acreditación, Mary Jarrard o al Capitán Jay Frederick, en el número de teléfono (812) 376-2600.

Quienes deseen someter comentarios por escrito sobre la capacidad del Departamento de policía de Columbus que cumplan con las normas de acreditación puede enviarlas a la Comisión de acreditación para la aplicación de la ley, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155  o