CALEA Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on February 16 to examine all aspects of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department. This assessment will include an evaluation of policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that the UW-Madison Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  As part of the accreditation process, UWPD must comply with 481 standards in order to gain accredited status.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.  The session will be held at Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street.  Refer to the electronic information boards (TITU) for the exact room location.

If, for some reason, an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call (608) 890-1377 on February 18, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes, and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the UW-Madison Police Department – located at 1429 Monroe St., Madison, WI.  The local contact is Lt. Clark Brunner – (608) 263-1828.

In addition, persons wishing to offer written comments about the UW-Madison Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:

13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 22030-2215

The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out of state agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are:  Chief Paul Willingham University of Houston – Clear Lake Police Department (team leader) and Captain Michael Rein, Rutgers University Police Department.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), please visit their website: You may also write to the Commission at:

13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 22030-2215

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