In March 1998, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) first certified the Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT). The department became the second training academy in the nation to hold such certification. At the time, there was no program aimed specifically at accrediting training facilities. DOCJT, along with other training academies across the nation, worked with CALEA to create a new program that would meet that need.
In March 2003, the DOCJT became the first public safety training academy in the world to be accredited by CALEA under its newly created program, Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation. CALEA implemented this new accreditation in January 2002 to promote superior public safety training academy services and recognize professional excellence.
CALEA’s Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation program has 159 standards organized into nine chapters or topic areas. These areas include organizational structure, human resources, instructional systems and student welfare. The purpose of the program is to foster the best training for public safety personnel.
“The assessors collectively agreed that this training academy is the most professional of such organizations encountered,” the lead assessor, wrote in his initial report. “The facilities and equipment employed are truly state-of-the-art. By all appearances, recruit and professional development instruction is current, well-planned and continually monitored.”
In July 2006, while achieving its first reaccreditation, DOCJT became the first academy of the Public Safety Training Academy program to be designated a CALEA Flagship Agency, an award that recognizes outstanding achievement in the accreditation process.
DOCJT earned Gold Standard Assessment status in 2015, its fifth reaccreditation, for maintaining contemporary files for each CALEA standard.