CALEA Accreditation

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The Burr Ridge Police Department is a fully accredited agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations, and it is reserved for use by those public safety agencies that have demonstrated excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery. Only 4% of the law enforcement agencies in the United States, and 5% in Illinois have attained the accreditation status from CALEA.

The Burr Ridge Police Department first achieved accreditation by CALEA in 2007 and has been re-accredited four times. Following a rigorous assessment by the nation’s leading law enforcement accreditation agency, the Burr Ridge Police Department’s accreditation was renewed in 2020, signifying that the Department delivers on its public safety mission at a standard that only a few national law enforcement agencies are able to achieve. 

CALEA accreditation is a continuous process that runs in four-year cycles. As part of the re-accreditation process, the Burr Ridge Police Department undergoes a full remote-based assessment of all policies and practices for the first three years of the cycle. In the fourth year, CALEA assessment team conducts an onsite evaluation to ensure the agency is complying with over 460 internationally recognized CALEA standards that guide professional excellence and provide best practices related to life, health, and safety procedures. The accreditation process provides the framework for addressing high risk issues in a contemporary environment, and ensures officers are prepared to meet community service expectations and manage critical events. Accreditation is only granted after intensive review of every aspect of the Police Department's organization, management, and operations to assure that the department is providing the high level of service following professional law enforcement standards.

The Department is proud to be accredited because it demonstrates its commitment to constant improvement in the way the agency keeps the Burr Ridge community and its officers safe. When accreditation is attained, the community is the beneficiary because it means the agency is delivering critical public safety services using modern, best practices.

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Accreditation Public Comment Portal

Anyone wishing to provide comments regarding our agency's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status, may provide comments to CALEA through the Public Comment Portal.

These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide our agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes.  Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgment of submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.