The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was formed in 1979 to develop an accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet an established set of law enforcement standards.
There are over 500 agencies in the United States, Canada, Barbados, and Mexico which have been awarded International Accreditation and hundreds of others working to achieve that goal. Most agencies take between 24-36 months to complete the accreditation process that consists of self-assessment, on-site inspection and commission review. Currently, there are 463 standards, and once achieved, accreditation is awarded for a three-year period.
The Nashua Police Department was originally accredited in 1991. The department was reaccredited in 1996, 2001, 2004, 2007 and most recently in 2010. The department was awarded "Flagship" status in 2010. A "Flagship" designation is awarded to agencies that represent an extraordinary example of excellence in all aspects of law enforcement.The Nashua Police Department is one of only eight other departments in the state that are internationally accredited.
A commitment to accreditation serves as the framework by which a law enforcement agency demonstrates its adherence to professionalism and excellence. The Nashua Police Department is proud to be one of these outstanding Law Enforcement Agencies!
If you have any questions pertaining to Accreditation, please contact Mr. William Pease at (603) 594-3605.