BRPD earns reaccreditation from national commission

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Mayor Kip Holden announced Monday the Baton Rouge Police Department has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Holden said CALEA conducted an on-site review of the department in July. He added no areas of concern that needed to be addressed were found during the visit.

He also said the assessment team found BRPD's files to be in excellent condition and proofs of compliance were complete.

"This is a tremendous credit to Chief Carl Dabadie because he inherited a situation where accreditation could have been in jeopardy if he had not moved quickly to maintain accreditation as a top priority," Holden said in a written release. "Today, the nation's top accreditation commission has confirmed that he is moving BRPD forward with programs such as BRAVE."

"The accreditation process is very in-depth and opens our department up to intense scrutiny by an outside organization," Dabadie said. "We chose to begin this process in 1996 and continue to strive moving the department forward 17 years later. I am extremely proud of the direction the Department is moving in and will continue to work even harder to improve the community in which we serve."

CALEA was founded in 1979 to improve the delivery of public safety services.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.