Accreditation (CALEA)


The Newark Police Department has been accredited since 1997 and participates in the Advanced Law Enforcement and Communications Programs. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by:

  • Maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners covering a wide range of up to date public safety initiatives

  • Establishing and administering an accreditation process

  • Recognizing professional excellence.   

CALEA Accreditation Public Comment Portal

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) maintains an access portal which allows for comment and feedback with regard to candidate agencies seeking initial accreditation or reaccreditation status. 

The Newark Police Department is currently in the process of its 10th reaccreditation process for Law Enforcement and its 1st reaccreditation for Communications. The Newark Police Department’s Law Enforcement and Communications Accreditation Year 1, 2, 3 and 4 annual web-based assessments will take place during the following weeks:

Year 1: April 7 - 15, 2023

Year 2: April 5 - 13, 2024

Year 3: April 4 - 12, 2025

Year 4: October 3 - 11, 2025

The Newark Police Department’s on-site review for Law Enforcement and Communications is scheduled for the week of November 17, 2025.

The purpose of the CALEA Public Comment Portal is to receive comments regarding an agency's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster the pursuit of professional excellence.

IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes.  Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.  

Please use this link in order to leave an accreditation related commendation or concern for the Newark Police Department on the CALEA Public Comment Portal.

 Additional information about CALEA, the accreditation process and standards can be found at:

CALEA Website

CALEA Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies

CALEA Standards for Public Safety Communications AgenciesAccreditation