New Castle County Division of Police 2016 Recipient of the CALEA “Gold Standard with Excellence” Award

The New Castle County Division of Police, represented by Colonel E.M. Setting, Director of Public Safety, Joseph Bryant Jr., and Accreditation  Manager Mrs. Rhonda Burns and other team members headed to Charleston, South Carolina  earlier this month as part of the division’s re-accreditation process.

After appearing before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on November 5th, the Commission voted unanimously to award the New Castle County Police its second prestigious “Gold Standard with Excellence Award.”  This is CALEA’s highest award and signifies that the division obtained full compliance in 100% of all categories. Only 1% of all law enforcement agencies in North America are accredited with only 15% of those able to achieve CALEA’s “Gold Standard with Excellence Award.”.

The men and women of the New Castle County Police  worked so hard to attain this honor which ensures and demonstrates that the division maintains the highest standards of excellence and best practices in law enforcement. A special thank you was given to the Accreditation Team for their sacrifices during this extensive process and noted their efforts positioned the division to succeed in this challenging endeavor.

The New Castle County Department of Public Safety, Division of Police, took part in an on-site assessment earlier this year, August 7th through August 10th, as part of a program to maintain accreditation by verifying it meets professional policing standards. During that time, Chief David Newlan of the Cape Coral Police Department and Inspector Daniel Isgett of the Berkeley County Sheriff conducted the assessment phase of our CALEA national re-accreditation inspection. The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. Our agency was found to be 100% compliant with the CALEA standards.

Since 1988, the New Castle County Division of Police has been one of the less than 1% of all law enforcement agencies in the United States able to achieve the high standards established by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA accreditation dictates that we maintain the best practices in law enforcement, ensure our personnel have everything necessary to succeed each day and that we are better positioned to meet the expectations of those we serve.

New Castle County Division of Police was re-accredited and announced as the recipient of the “Gold Standard with Excellence Award” at the CALEA agency review on November 5th. The agency will be receiving a certificate and will be recognized on the CALEA Website and in the CALEA Update magazine.