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Advancing 21 st Century Policing: The Arlington Police Department Report to the Community POLICY AND OVERSIGHT Accreditation Accreditation is a voluntary, internal process by which agencies seek to achieve, objectively verify and maintain high quality in their operations. The process involves periodic evaluations conducted by an independent, external nongovernmental body who has established standards for those agencies that participate in the process. An accreditation is a comprehensive evaluation of an agency’s policies and how these policies are put into practice every day. Residents talk with officers at Donut With A Cop event. The Arlington Police Department is a model law enforcement agency. CALEA: The Gold Standard in Public Safety The higher standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, also known as CALEA, help the Arlington Police Department establish and maintain fair and nondiscriminatory practices, improve service delivery and boost citizen confidence in the agency. The Arlington Police Department has been accredited by CALEA since 1989. Accreditation with Excellence Awards The Accreditation with Excellence Award is presented to model law enforcement agencies for the delivery of enhanced public safety services. The Arlington Police Department received the Accreditation with Excellence Award during the last two reaccreditation cycles which occurred in 2011 and 2015. Recognition for Concurrent Accreditation The CALEA TRI-ARC Award is given to governing bodies who have achieved concurrent CALEA accreditations for their law enforcement, public safety communications and public safety training operations. The City of Arlington earned the Tri Arc Award with concurrent accreditations for the Arlington Police Department, the Arlington Police Training Center and Arlington Police/Fire Dispatch Communications Center and has maintained CALEA TriArc Award status since 2009. Accreditations and awards are a validation of our department’s commitment to serving the Arlington community with excellence. These types of recognitions help to reinforce our investment in the community and our dedication to equal and fair treatment. Every individual life has value. 7