In 2003, the Fairfield Police Department received its first award of accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes excellence and a commitment to continual improvement. The standards established by CALEA assure the community that its police department meets specific criteria established by a national governing body overseen by law enforcement, business and government leaders.
"Our vision is to be recognized as The Standard for police service by our peers and community," said Chief Mike Dickey. Accreditation is not an award to be framed and forgotten. It requires continuous accountability to our community and our profession."
CALEA has established 480 standards that provide guidance in nine areas:
Agencies desiring to remain accredited must submit annual reports that document continuing compliance with standards. Every three years, the agency must also submit to an inspection by assessors who spend four days on-site conducting a thorough review of the agency's activities.
In July 2012, the Fairfield Police Department was awarded Advanced Accreditation with Excellence by the Commission. This fourth award followed a review in April by a team of assessors.
The assessment team concluded in its report to the commission:
"It was clear that the members of the Fairfield Police Department were mission focused and passionate about their role in service to their community. The Fairfield Police Department is a great example of accomplishments achieved through a membership that believes in dedication and professional service with pride."