Law enforcement agencies in 78 percent of states in Mexico aim to achieve the “gold standard” in public safety accreditation

MEXICO CITY—Law enforcement agencies in more than three-fourths of all states in Mexico have officially committed to pursuing international law enforcement accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). CALEA was established in 1979 and is a credentialing authority that awards accreditation to public safety agencies in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Barbados that demonstrate meeting an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices.

This initiative, made available to law enforcement agencies in Mexico, is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Mérida Initiative, with additional training and technical assistance provided by the National Police Foundation.

There are currently more than 75 state, municipal, and federal public safety agencies pursuing or maintaining CALEA accreditation in Mexico, including police departments, public safety training academies, public safety communication centers, and as of October 2019, Mexico’s first public safety investigative agency. In November of 2018, CALEA inaugurated its first accreditation hearing in Mexico City.

Public safety leaders in Mexico continue to demonstrate commitment to achieving CALEA Accreditation and heightened professionalism through participation in focus groups, workshops and events offered in the country.  This commitment was showcased during the National Police Foundation’s Best Practices in CALEA Accreditation event held in Mexico City September 23rd-24th, 2019, where over 100 public safety officials representing a majority of the states in Mexico attended the event to receive training in accreditation best practices, listen to personal accounts from fellow attendees, and learn from speeches given by CALEA and Police Foundation leadership.

The National Police Foundation serves 64 Mexican public safety agencies, including 25 training academies, 21 law enforcement agencies, 17 communication centers, and one state investigative agency.

Background:

The Mérida Initiative is a bilateral security cooperation agreement between Mexico and the United States of America. Through nearly ten years of implementation, the Mérida Initiative has led to greater cooperation between the United States and Mexico. It provides tangible support to Mexico’s law enforcement and judicial institutions, strengthens border security, and helps to counteract the activities of transnational criminal organizations and the illegal trade in narcotics. To date, through the Mérida Initiative the United States has delivered USD 1.8 billion in equipment, training, and capacity building assistance to the government of Mexico.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as an independent, not-for-profit credentialing authority. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer board of commissioners.

The National Police Foundation is a U.S.-based, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing policing through innovation and science. For nearly 50 years, the National Police Foundation has conducted research on all aspects of policing, provided training and technical assistance in all aspects of policing, and has led the way in promoting and sharing evidence-based practices and innovation among law enforcement in the U.S. and internationally. For more information on the National Police Foundation, please visit www.policefoundation.orgor www.fundacionpolicia.org.mx. For media inquiries, please contact media@policefoundation.org.

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