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The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was formed in 1979 to create a professional management model for police agencies. The CALEA Accreditation program provides public safety agencies with an opportunity to voluntarily meet an established set of professional standards. 

The Joliet Police Department became part of the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation process in 2000 and was awarded our first certificate in 2003. Since 2003, we have met CALEA standards and received our 6th re-accreditation in 2018. Our next onsite re-accreditation process will be April of 2022.

For more information about CALEA, please visit

Benefits of CALEA Accrediation:

  • Staunch support from government officials
  • Stronger defense against civil lawsuits
  • Reduced risk and liability exposure
  • Greater accountability
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 Accreditation Support: 

The Illinois Police Accreditation Coalition (I-PAC) supports agencies who are part of an accreditation program.  I-PAC provides a network for member agencies that encourages communication, support, and the sharing of valuable resources. The Joliet Police Department accreditation manager attends the monthly meetings with agencies from Illinois and surrounding Midwestern States

For more information about I-PAC, please visit