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CALEA Accreditation

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The Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) is proud to be one of a select few police agencies in Canada to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

CALEA's accreditation program helps police agencies across North America improve the delivery of law enforcement service by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics.

Re-accredited in 2017

On November 20, 2017, it was announced the Winnipeg Police Service successfully completed the process of re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
 
The Winnipeg Police Service launched its pursuit of best practices in law enforcement in1989 by enrolling in the CALEA program.  The Winnipeg Police Service then undertook a three-year self-assessment period to bring policy, procedures and practices up to international standards for law enforcement agencies.  In 1992, the Winnipeg Police Service demonstrated compliance with CALEA Standards and was awarded CALEA Accreditation by the Commission.
 
The Winnipeg Police Service has been re-accredited for a 7th consecutive time for the four year period ending Spring of 2021.  To successfully comply with and achieve accreditation status, the Winnipeg Police Service is required to submit an annual accreditation report to CALEA, and once every four years is subject to an in-depth, on-site assessment by representatives of CALEA.
 
The assessment consists of a formal review of policies and procedures, including documented proofs of compliance.  On-site assessors conduct further internal reviews, as well as interview and meet with members of the public, various community groups and organizations.  They also observe members of the assessed agency in their daily duties.
 
The assessment team then submits a report of their assessment to the CALEA Board of Commissioners, and a formal hearing is held to determine if the assessed agency has satisfactorily met all the required standards.  The formal hearing in the most recent re-accreditation process for the Winnipeg Police Service took place in Jacksonville, Florida in November 2017.
 
For major police agencies such as the Winnipeg Police Service, there are approximately 460 standards. These standards address law enforcement roles, responsibilities and relationships; organization, management and administration; personnel structure and process; law enforcement operations and support; traffic operations; detainee and court related activities; communications; records; evidence and property; and evidence control.
 
The Winnipeg Police Service is committed to the accreditation process.  We believe that adoption of, and adherence to best practices ensures and demonstrates that the Winnipeg Police Service is focused on continuous improvement to meet, and in many cases exceed standards.

The public will note that in a few instances on the posted copy of the report information is redacted.  This has been done to protect sensitive and confidential information related to some police operations, and to protect third party privacy interests.

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