The Apex Police Department has received national accreditation.
The department earned the designation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The accreditation was bestowed last week as part of CALEA’s summer conference.
Fewer than 5 percent of law enforcement agencies in the country are accredited through CALEA, according to the town of Apex. In North Carolina, 56 police departments have received the accreditation.
“We are honored and proud to be among that 5 percent,” said Apex Chief of Police John Letteney.
The Cary Police Department and the Morrisville Police Department have also earned the accreditation.
“This accreditation puts us at the forefront of law enforcement,” said Capt. Ann Stephens, investigation commander and accreditation manager for the Apex Police Department.
The accreditation process takes about three years. After the department submitted its application in December 2010, it was evaluated for its policies, training, procedures, management, operations and support services.
The department also participated in an onsite evaluation in April. CALEA agents interviewed officers, conducted ride-alongs and gave the opportunity to the public to express thoughts or concerns about the department.
“It’s been a long process,” Stephens said. “But we felt pretty confident with all we had done.”
Stephens said receiving the accreditation is an honor, and the department will be held to an even greater level of accountability.
“We’re very proud of all we have been able to accomplish,” Stephens said.
The accreditation will last for three years and can be renewed after it expires.
“It helps us see things from a different perspective,” Letteney said. “We want to be better and anticipate challenges and address them as best we can.”