Accreditation (CALEA)

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

On March 26, 2021, the Webster Groves Police Department received its sixth accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) for continuing to meet the highest professional standards for public safety. CALEA serves as the premier credentialing association for public safety agencies across the United States. CALEA accreditation is a recognition of distinction. The purpose of CALEA's accreditation program is to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of standards covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence. The Webster Groves Police Department received its initial accreditation through CALEA in 2004 and has been accredited continuously since that time. 

The 2021 on-site assessment report highlighted achievement excellence by the Police Department in the following areas: 

  • Community Engagement 
  • Inter-agency Operations, Cooperation, and Consolidation 
  • Officer Training and Development  
  • School Administration, Faculty and Student Engagement at WGHS.   

The successful review of over 400 standards, without issues, is the result of many hours of difficult and demanding work by the Department's Accreditation Team and employees.  In this sixth review, the department joins an elite group who have continuously maintained CALEA Accreditation status for fifteen or more consecutive years. 

View the 2021 Review

Further information on CALEA and the accreditation process can be found at CALEA online.

Calea Portal

The CALEA reaccreditation efforts are an ongoing process. CALEA maintains an access portal that allows for comment and feedback with regard to candidate agencies seeking initial accreditation or reaccreditation status.

The access portal for the Webster Groves (MO) Police Department may be found at

The purpose of the public portal is to receive comments regarding an agency's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes. Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgment of submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.