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CALEA Accreditation

The role of a professional organization is serving its clients; our role is serving the members of the university community. The manner in which Police Services conducts business, operationally as well as administratively, must be consistent with professionally accepted practices and ideals. The members of the university community are entitled to a professional department. It is for this reason that we voluntarily sought accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)


What is CALEA ?

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies was formed in 1979 through the combined efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriff’s Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. These organizations continue to serve in an advisory capacity to the Commission and are responsible for appointing members of the Commission’s Board. The Commission was formed to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery

The period of accredited status is three years. During this time, our agency must submit annual reports that document continuing compliance with applicable standards. Our agency received initial accreditation in June 2006.  On November 2009, CALEA awarded the San Francisco State University Police Department re-accreditation for the second time.


What accreditation means to us:

By holding ourselves to this higher standard of excellence, we hope to always provide a level of law enforcement service that exceeds the expectations of our community. In the accreditation process, our agency is scrutinized at every level by CALEA officials covering all aspects of law enforcement policies, procedures, practices, and operations.


What accreditation means to you:

By having a police department that has voluntarily chosen to seek this higher standard, the community can expect and receive a consistently better level of service and accountability. Our officers are fully aware of the organization’s dedication to accreditation, and that commitment should carry over to the way they handle each call for service. Through accreditation, it is our goal to provide the community the best possible police service with highly trained and community oriented personnel.


For more information on CALEA, please visit the CALEA website at


IACLEA Accreditation

(IACLEA) the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators was initially formulated by eleven college and university security directors. These eleven directors came together November 6, 1958, on the campus of Arizona State University to discuss job challenges and mutual problems, and specifically to create a clearinghouse for information and issues shared by campus public safety directors across the United States.

In May 2007 the San Francisco State University Police Department was the first University in California to be accredited from CALEA and IACLEA.

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