On November 12, 2020, the McKinney Police Department received accredited status through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This award is the culmination of three years of work bringing agency policy and practice into compliance with nearly 500 nationally recognized standards of law enforcement excellence. The award is for a four year period in which the Department must maintain continuous compliance to include annual file review and annual reporting.
The process of becoming CALEA accredited is voluntary and required the agency to conduct a critical self-review of the agency’s policies, procedures, practices, facilities and operations. Upon completion of the internal review an audit was conducted from June 1-4, 2020 which required two CALEA Assessors to conduct a remote review (due to COVID-19) which included file review, video audits, and interviews of personnel across the agency to verify compliance. This rigorous inspection provides assurance to the city, the accrediting body and the citizens of McKinney that the Department has applied the standards to the agency both in policy and in practice and has demonstrated compliance.
The agency is the third in the State of Texas to achieve CALEA accredited status as well as TPCA recognized status.