The Omaha Police Department has been awarded its fourth re-accreditation from The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The department’s first accreditation was earned in 2001.
The CALEA Assessment Team noted that they, “were struck by not only the true sense of teamwork and cooperation between members of the department……, but also that this sense of team extends from the police department to the City of Omaha community.”
Chief Todd Schmaderer is quoted in a news release as saying, "The Omaha Police Department seeks national accreditation of the highest standards because we are committed to providing quality police services to the citizens of Omaha.”
The re-accreditation award is the culmination of a three-year process that includes an on-site inspection from a nationally assembled team of assessors representing CALEA. Assessors examined files, conducted interviews, inspected facilities, and hosted both a public hearing and call-in session.
To remain accredited, the Omaha Police Department submits yearly reports to CALEA, maintains files proving compliance with standards, and undergoes agency inspections from CALEA assessors.
CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The purpose of accreditation is to improve public safety services by strengthening crime prevention, formalizing essential management procedures, establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improving service delivery, solidifying interagency cooperation, and increasing community confidence.