The Forest Park Police Department is an Internationally Accredited and State Certified Agency. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) was formed in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Sheriff's Association (NSA), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). CALEA offers a body of standards to establish up-to-date, best practice recommendations for the delivery of professional law enforcement services. The Forest Park Police Department received its initial CALEA accreditation in 2001 and has worked hard to maintain accreditation since that time. CALEA protocol dictates that every 3 years trained assessors come to each accredited agency and do a thorough on-site assessment to ensure that the agency is operating in compliance with CALEA standards, and every 3 years since initial accreditation the Forest Park Police Department has been re-accredited.
The Forest Park Police Department is also certified through a program that is similar to CALEA, but operated on the state level. State certification is controlled by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. The Forest Park Police Department obtained initial state certification in 1998. There are only 95 police departments in Georgia that are state certified and 47 that are accredited through CALEA. Working to maintain our accreditation and certification helps ensure that we are providing the highest level of professional law enforcement to our residents.