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The Port of Seattle Police Department has been internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) since 2011.

CALEA reviews 181 different standards of police performance over a period of 36 months. In addition, an assessment team conducts an on-site visit to judge department operations, procedures, policies, training, community outreach and compliance with appropriate regulations. Meeting these established set of professional standards requires the following:

  • Comprehensive and uniform written directives that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities
  • Reports and analyses to make fact-based and informed management decisions
  • Preparedness to address natural or man-made critical incidents
  • Community relationship-building and maintenance
  • Independent review by subject matter experts
  • Continuous pursuit of excellence through annual reviews and other assessment measures

In its report, CALEA stated, “The agency is very professional and oriented toward responsible law enforcement practices. Department personnel strive to be approachable and to serve the public in a helpful and considerate manner.”

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