The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations.
The CALEA Accreditaion program is a proven management model whose goals are:
Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
Formalize essential management procedures
Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
Improve service delivery
Solidify inter-agency cooperation and coordination
Increase community and staff confidence in the agency
Following a three and one half year assessment process, the Knox County Sheriff's Office became only the fifth Sheriff's Office in Ohio and the smallest to join law enforcement's elite by becoming CALEA Accredited on July 28, 2007.