The Vandalia Division of Police has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1992.

The department uses the CALEA process as a guide to ensure the overall quality of operations. The process helps the agency ensure that quality and comprehensive policies are in place, that appropriate reports are compiled to assist leadership in decision-making, and that regular quality checks are conducted on agency operations.

There are 460 standards in law enforcement accreditation. The onsite accreditation compliance review occurs every four years.  Police continually use the standards provided by CALEA to evaluate internal operations in pursuit of continual improvement to enhance public safety services for the city. The accreditation process consists of three major activities: statistical and annual reporting, annual file review and leadership interviews, and an onsite assessment.

In the summer of 2023, the Division will undergo review for its reaccreditation.  Those wishing to provide feedback on agency operations may do so via the CALEA portal provided for the public.  The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding an agency’s compliance with CALEA standards.  Feedback relative to reaccreditation goes directly to the CALEA organization and will be reviewed as part of the Vandalia Division of Police’s next onsite assessment in 2023.