Madison police receive accreditation

Madison police receive accreditation


MADISON —  The Madison Police Department has been awarded its seventh national advanced meritorious law enforcement accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., Chief Gene Waldrop announced Dec. 3.

Waldrop said the advanced law enforcement accreditation on the national level is a voluntary, continual four-year process that requires the agency to maintain and prove compliance with over 480 law enforcement professional standards.

“The state-of-the-art standards cover a wide range of topics including the use of force and vehicle pursuits as well as accounting, management and human resources issues related to the law enforcement agency,” Waldrop said.

MPD has held national advanced law enforcement accreditation since November 2002.  

This summer, MPD began the application process that included opportunities for the public to submit comments during a Zoom meeting on July 26. There were also opportunities for those who wanted to comment to call in, send their comment by email or email to CALEA.

At the time, Waldrop said they seek the accreditation because they see it as “a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence” and said it also provides a process for accountability to the public.

Further information regarding the national advanced law enforcement accreditation program can be obtained from CALEA at its website,

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