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Law Enforcement Academy  Awarded CALEA Accreditation for Second Time

The Jefferson College Law Enforcement Academy (JCLEA) was recently awarded their second consecutive CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) Training Academy Accreditation. The reaccreditation remains in effect for four years.

National accreditation was achieved by the JCLEA through a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of professional standards representing the culmination of a self-evaluation and subsequent review from CALEA commissioners.

The process of CALEA accreditation begins with a rigorous self-assessment, requiring a review of policies, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards. It is followed with an assessment by independent assessors with significant public safety experience. Additionally, public feedback is received to promote community trust and engagement, and structured interviews are conducted with select academy personnel and others with knowledge to assess the academy’s effectiveness and overall service delivery capacities. The decision to accredit is rendered by a governing body of 21 commissioners following a public hearing and review of all reporting documentation.

CALEA Accreditation is a continuous process and serves as the foundation for a successful, well-managed, transparent, community focused law enforcement training facility. An academy must maintain its accredited status by remaining in compliance with CALEA standards at all times.

CALEA congratulated the College’s Law Enforcement Academy faculty and staff for demonstrating a commitment to professional excellence through accreditation. The CALEA Accreditation indices are the Marks of Professional Excellence and are displayed proudly by those departments or programs that have earned them.

The JCLEA offers three options for students seeking a Missouri Department of Public Safety POST Class A License and is the only academy in the state that incorporates the curriculum for an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice in two of its three programs as a way to distinguish graduates when they enter the job market. The third program, a POST curriculum only option, offers a Certificate in Criminal Justice and is limited to applicants who already have a two or four-year degree.

In addition to the basic training for students entering the field, the Academy goal includes providing high quality training to law enforcement personnel, to inspire professionalism in all peace officers, and to provide civilian personnel with education and training prior to employment or association with a law enforcement agency.

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