The Hanover Park Police Department, with the full support of Village officials and administrators, is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA is a joint effort of law enforcement’s major executive associations:
- International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
- National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
- Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)
CALEA accreditation is an on-going process that requires our Department to:
- issue and update written directives based on internationally accepted law enforcement standards,
- maintain documentation demonstrating we are following those directives,
- allow an independent annual audit of the directives and documentation, and
- undergo a comprehensive independent assessment every four years, which includes public in-person and call-in sessions to allow community members to voice their support or concerns directly to CALEA assessors.
We are a Gold Standard agency, having been accredited continuously since 2001. We comply with 100% of the mandatory CALEA standards and over 97% of the non-mandatory standards.
Hanover Park Police Department directives clearly define police officer and civilian employee authority, procedures, and responsibilities. Annual reviews are conducted in many areas, such as use of force and commendations/complaints, to guide policy development and management decisions. CALEA compliance ensures the Department is prepared to properly address daily operations, critical incidents, training needs, and to build community relationships.
With CALEA guidance, the Hanover Park Police Department is dedicated to policing in a manner that provides services properly and enforces laws fairly, while demanding all our employees protect the rights and dignity of all people equally.