MEXICO CITY, October 1, 2019 — The National Police Foundation recently hosted a Public Safety Best Practices Conference in Mexico City, MX, with the support of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This conference was attended by Law Enforcement Executives and staff from Mexican state and local agencies pursuing CALEA Accreditation or already CALEA accredited. During the conference, executives discussed how they successfully promoted professionalism and strengthened their agencies through CALEA accreditation. The National Police Foundation, with funding support from the U.S. Department of State, is currently providing technical assistance to over 60 agencies across Mexico, including police departments, training academies, and communications centers, to help them earn CALEA accreditation.
“CALEA accreditation brings many positive changes to agencies and sets the foundation for agencies to build on their professionalism & strengthen their organization,” said Jim Burch, President of the National Police Foundation, during the conference. “We think CALEA accreditation is an important signal for agencies to give to their communities, showing their commitment to pursuing professionalism. They are opening themselves up to an independent body to determine if the agency is meeting international standards through their policies and practices. This will go a long way toward building trust with the community and says a lot about what the agency is trying to achieve.”