Law and Public Safety

Law and Public Safety

CALEA Accreditation

On December 6, 2008, the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy was granted Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Public Safety Training Academies. Re-accreditation was sought and awarded on December 8, 2011. This continued effort to maintain 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

This academy opted to obtain the Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation to enhance the prior CALEA Accreditation it received under the St. Louis County Police Department. Accreditation is a continuing process. The Academy successfully prepared for an on-site assessment for renewal of its accreditation in August of 2011. We received re-accreditation at the CALEA conference in Colorado Springs, CO. It became effective on December 6, 2011.

CALEA Links for Further Information

  • For more information on CALEA, click here.
  • To view the online CALEA accreditation record for the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy, click here.
  • For information on the CALEA Training Academy Accreditation Program, click here.
  • For information on the St. Louis County Police Department CALEA accreditation, click here.
  • For information regarding the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy's CALEA accreditation, contact the Academy Basic Training Supervisor.

St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy
1266 Sutter Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63133-1934

Voice: (314) 889-8600
Fax: (314) 863-2317

A CALEA® Certified Training Academy