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Amtrak Police Earn Calea Accreditation


International recognition of public safety professional excellence

WASHINGTON – The Amtrak Police Department was awarded law enforcement accreditation on November 18, 2012, by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

To achieve accreditation, Amtrak Police had to show compliance with several hundred professional standards measured by the commission and were evaluated on all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

“I am very proud of the daily efforts of our officers to help keep our passengers and employees safe,” said Amtrak Assistant Chief of Police Lisa A. Shahade. “Achieving this prestigious award validates that the work of the men and women of this department meets or exceeds law enforcement industry standards, while also meeting the safety and security needs of Amtrak passengers.”

An assessment team from CALEA reviewed written materials, conducted interviews with department staff and Amtrak passengers, and visited several key locations including the Amtrak Police National Communication Center, the Amtrak Consolidated National Operations Center and major stations in Washington D.C., Philadelphia and New York City before making their determination.

CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process. The initial accreditation is for a three year period. To maintain the three year accredited status, the department will submit an annual report to show yearly compliance with the standards.

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