Law Enforcement Academy
The mission of the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy is to provide quality law enforcement training for both the new law enforcement recruit and the veteran law enforcement officer. The training is designed to provide individuals and agencies with the information and skills needed to meet the needs of the community, develop skills to remain current in information and technology, and to prepare law enforcement officers to successfully respond to the challenges of a diverse society.
The Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy's ongoing assessment of recruits, law enforcement continuing (in-service) education, programs, and services assures that it will remain a responsive and progressive law enforcement academy.
On July 30, 2016, the Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy was granted Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Public Safety Training Academies. The final accreditation hearing and award by the CALEA Commissioners was held in Baltimore, Maryland. Achieving accreditation ensures that our organization seeks to achieve, objectively verify, and maintain high quality in our operations through periodic evaluations conducted by an independent, non-governmental body that has established standards.
The accreditation concept for Law Enforcement started with the United States Department of Justice providing a grant to the four leading law enforcement executive associations to advance law enforcement professionalism by establishing voluntary standards. The organizations were: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The result of this initiative was the creation in 1979 of a private, non-profit corporation: The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation
The Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program was developed in 2002 and is open to governmental organizations that are authorized to provide a comprehensive basic law enforcement or public safety training program or advanced in-service broad scope training. Its purpose is to promote superior public safety training services and recognize professional excellence. The program's standards were derived from the best practices of professional public safety training agencies and institutions, and do not conflict with any national or state Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) authorities or other training authorities. The program has 158 standards which cover nine topic areas: 1) credentialing, 2) organization, 3) direction and authority, 4) human resources, 5) recruitment, selection, employment, and promotion, 6) instructional systems, 7) training administration, 8) instructors, 9) students.
The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the CEO, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, type, or geographic location of the academy.
The standards upon which the Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of training academy practitioners and accreditation experts. CALEA’s Standards for Public Safety Training Academies© and its Accreditation Program are seen as benchmarks for today’s public safety training programs.
- CALEA Accreditation requires an academy to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
- CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analysis a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management and administrative decisions.
- CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an academy’s relationship with the community it serves.
- CALEA Accreditation strengthens an academy’s accountability through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
- Being CALEA Accredited can limit an academy’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that recognized standards for public safety training academies have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
- CALEA Accreditation facilitates an academy’s pursuit of professional excellence.
Academy personnel, Accreditation Manager Paul Ferber and Office Specialist Denise Hawkins, as well as employees and staff in other departments across Jefferson College, were instrumental in the academy being well prepared for the April on-site assessment.
2015 Missouri P.O.S.T. Pass Rates
017 Day Class - Graduated April, 2015 - 100%
018 P.O.S.T. Class - Graduated August, 2015 - 100%
019 Night Class - Graduated December 16, 2015 - 100%
2016 Missouri P.O.S.T. Pass Rates
020 P.O.S.T. Class - Graduated June 21, 2016 - 100%
The academy is located on the Jefferson College Imperial site at 4400 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, Missouri 63010, just south of Richardson Road. The location is convenient to surrounding counties and easy to access from I-55.