On March 25, 2000, the Aventura Police Department became the youngest agency to ever receive accreditation status through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The accreditation means the Police Department has been recognized by an independent organization composed of representatives of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the Police Executive Research Forum, and has complied with over four hundred standards that have been established as benchmarks of excellence. The Aventura Police Department has met or exceeded international accreditation standards set by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence.
The accreditation process increases the Departments ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community. The process enhances community understanding of the Department and its role in the community, its goals and objectives.
Because the Department is accountable to the accrediting commission, it is compelled to operate within specific guidelines. The Department must stay in compliance with the standards set forth by the accrediting commission in order to retain its accreditation. By adopting accreditation standards, the Department assures that its services continue to be excellent.