On Saturday, July 28, 2018, the Hollis Police Department received its first accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) Chief Joseph Hoebeke accepted the award while attending the CALEA Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Hollis PD was commended by the CALEA Review Panel for its outstanding relationships with the community and the efforts put forward to achieve initial accreditation.
A team of assessors from CALEA inspected all aspects of the Hollis Police Department from March 19 through March 21, 2018. The team found the Hollis Police Department in compliance with over 180 accreditation standards. The assessment team completed a comprehensive report covering all aspects of the department. The report recognized the personnel of the police department to be enthusiastic and dedicated professionals committed to excellence in policing.
CALEA Accreditation serves as the International Gold Standard for Public Safety Agencies. The process of CALEA Accreditation begins with a rigorous self-assessment, requiring review of polices, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards. This is followed with an assessment by independent assessors with significant public safety experience. Additionally, public feedback is received to promote community trust and engagement, and structured interviews are conducted with select agency personnel and others with knowledge to assess the agency’s effectiveness and overall service delivery capacities. The decision to accredit is rendered by a governing body of twenty-one CALEA Commissioners following a public hearing and review of all reporting documentation.
Law Enforcement Accreditation is growing significantly across the country with many police departments being recommended to attain accreditation from various federal and local government agencies. The Hollis Police Department, under then-Chief Jay Sartell, began the voluntary journey towards accreditation over three years ago with a rigorous multi-year review of policies and operations to ensure best practices were in place and followed.
Although the award symbolizes a significant professional accomplishment, it is also a demarcation for the agency to remain in compliance with all applicable CALEA standards over the next four years.
Pictured (left to right): President of the CALEA Board of Commissioners Craig Webre, Board of Selectman Chairman Mark Le Doux, Jared Noftle, Capt. Brendan LaFlamme, Chief Joseph Hoebeke, Lt. James Maloney, Ofc. Richard Bergeron, and Executive Director of CALEA W. Craig Hartley.