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On September 30, 2020, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) announced that Sheriff John Samaniego has been appointed to serve as a CALEA commissioner and will begin a three-year term on January 1, 2021. The CALEA Commission is comprised of 21 commissioners, eleven with a law enforcement background with the remaining positions filled from other public and private sector backgrounds.
CALEA is considered the gold standard in public safety and was established as a credentialing body in 1979 as a joint effort of the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received its first award of accreditation in 2014 and was the first Sheriff’s Office to receive this designation in Alabama. The Sheriff’s Office was reaccredited in 2017.
“The men and women of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office work hard to hold the Sheriff’s Office to the highest standard, and our CALEA Accreditation provides proof of their commitment,” stated Sheriff Samaniego. “I am honored to represent our agency on the CALEA Commission and the opportunity to shape the future of professional law enforcement services.”
For additional information, follow the link below to see CALEA’s media release.
CALEA Media Release