The responsibility for accreditation lies organizationally within the Office of the Chief of Police.  A lieutenant is assigned as the commander of the Section and manages a staff of two staff assistants.  On November 17, 2001, the agency was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).  The Tucson Police Department continues to meet the requirements of this highly regarded and broadly recognized international body of law enforcement standards.

This accreditation represents the satisfactory completion of a process of thorough, agency wide self-evaluation, concluded by an exacting onsite review by a team of independent assessors.  It also represents the Tucson Police Department’s acceptance of the obligation to continue the quest for professional excellence.  The Tucson Police Department complies with CALEA requirements of achieving reaccreditation on a triennial basis.  During this time frame, yearly reports are submitted to the Commission to verify our agency’s continuing compliance with standards under which we became accredited.

This section is also responsible for a number of ancillary duties to include Internal Audits, updates to the General Orders manual, and serving as the Department’s Limited English Proficiency liaison.