CALEA + STANDARDS = International Accreditation Simplified

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public-safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners and covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence. CALEA endorses the PowerDMS™ Standards tool to enable members to manage and maintain the CALEA Accreditation Process simply and effectively.

Simplify the entire CALEA Accreditation Process. Achieving CALEA Accreditation is now more efficient than you’ve ever imagined.


What You Get with Standards Lite (Included in CALEA Membership):

Standards Manual

Access to your applicable CALEA manual delivered directly to your agency’s personal Standards site.


Instant access to pertinent standards via Intelligent Search. Simply type in a search term and all related documents will appear.

Compare Documents

Side-by-side comparison panels to view changes and manage revisions made to CALEA standards manuals. Eliminate the stress of having to track down each individual change made to standards.

Side-by-side comparison of manuals

What the Standards Tool Can Do For You (Must be Purchased):

Standards Manual

Role- and responsibility-based assessments provide efficiency and organization within the accreditation process. Ensure everyone is held responsible and each assessment is fully accounted for.

Get Alerts

Task management lets you set specific tasks and coinciding reminders for yourself and others.

Attach Policy

Electronic file building and in-application highlighting are a quick and easy way to efficiently demonstrate your agency’s compliance with CALEA standards. Attachments serve as seamless proofs to guarantee all standards are fully adhered to.

Task Manager

Status assignments dictate your progress within the assessment. Set expiration dates for your multi-year standards compliance.


Status charting displays proof of which standards are in compliance, still pending, or lacking in compliance altogether. Filter the necessary data and run a report of the entire lifecycle of the accreditation process, monitoring progress each step of the way.

Status Assignments

Policy- and manual-revision notifications assure you never miss a single revision. With email and in-application notifications, you’ll be able to access changes instantly.

Policy Revision Notification

"Our partnership with PowerDMS provides agencies seeking CALEA Accreditation a powerful solution to manage the process electronically. PowerDMS and CALEA are committed to providing opportunities to public-safety organizations enabling them to work smarter and more efficiently."

W. Craig Hartley Jr. Executive Director, CALEA

CALEA Website