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.