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Boston Housing Authority’s Police and Public Safety Department achieved national accreditation in November of 1998. The department is one of four law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts to have national accreditation status. The department undergoes comprehensive on-site inspections and audits from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)  every three years. The department’s commitment to excellence is shown through successfully achieving national reaccreditation in 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Accreditation recognizes an agency or institution as conforming to a body of standards related to a specific discipline. Law Enforcement agency accreditation was designed and developed by CALEA as a voluntary, non-governmental concept, process and status. It is a process of self-assessment and independent evaluation to meet or exceed nationally recognized standards of operation procedure.

In order to achieve national accreditation, all BHA Police and Public Safety Department policies, procedures, equipment and infrastructure are intricately reviewed to determine compliance with more than 300 national standards. The standards were designed to:

  • Increase law enforcement agency abilities to prevent and control crime.

  • Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services.

  • Increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies, and with other agencies of the criminal justice system.

  • Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the agency.

BHA Police Department is committed to a high quality of service and professionalism. National Accreditation proves that the department’s policies and procedures are effective and responsive while also fair and equitable. Read about BHA Police and Public Safety Department’s national accreditation on the CALEA website.