The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is an international body of Law Enforcement professionals who have established over 400 standards on all facets of law enforcement management, operations and support functions that represent best practices for Law Enforcement.
Agencies then voluntarily enter the program to become accredited thereby demonstrating their commitment to professional excellence. In order to achieve accreditation agencies must ensure policies and practices meet the level of professional excellence prior to independent trained assessors evaluating the agency to ensure that they are in compliance with all of the standards.
Manalapan was the first municipal law enforcement agency in Monmouth County to achieve this recognition in March of 2010. Once accredited an agency must maintain the same level of professionalism and is subjected to a re-evaluation by trained assessors every three years.