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News Release


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Police Department Receives Coveted Accreditation

The Lee’s Summit Police Department recently received the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation. This coveted designation is considered the highest standard of excellence in law enforcement. With this accreditation, the Lee’s Summit Police Department joins an elite class of the top 3 percent of all law enforcement agencies in the country.

“Achieving the Advanced Accreditation is a significant milestone for the Lee’s Summit Police Department staff and demonstrates the dedication and commitment to quality law enforcement of each man and woman in the department,” said Lee’s Summit Police Chief Joe Piccinini.

The CALEA Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation requires compliance with a comprehensive set of 464 best policing standards based on standards that reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers.

One of those standards in which the department excels is a proven means for developing and improving upon the department’s relationship with the community. Besides focusing on community-oriented policing, the department has several programs in place to teach the community about the role of the department, such as the Citizens Police Academy for adults and the Junior Police Academy for youth.
Lee’s Summit City Manager Stephen Arbo added, “Updating the policies and operations of our police department to CALEA’s stringent review was a critical goal when Chief Piccinini was appointed in 2008. This process helped our police department measure current operations against national best practices. The end result is a better police department that can carry out the important mission of serving the Lee’s Summit community.”

The City began taking the steps toward advanced accreditation after receiving the “Recognition” achievement from CALEA in 2008. The department achieved this status award after demonstrating compliance with 110 best policing standards related to critical operation and management functions. “Achieving accreditation through CALEA is a rigorous process,” added Chief Piccinini.

The final steps toward achieving Advanced Accreditation began on April 16, 2011, when a team of CALEA assessors arrived to examine all aspects of the Lee’s Summit Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The on-site review was conducted during a period of four days which included an agency tour, a display of vehicles and equipment, public comments, employee interviews and file review.

The accreditation award is granted for a three year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with all applicable standards.  During each three year cycle, an on-site assessment is conducted by CALEA assessors in order to maintain the Advanced Accreditation status.

Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted in 1984, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. Representatives of the Lee’s Summit Police Department accepted the accreditation during the CALEA conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 30.

About the Lee’s Summit Police Department

The Lee’s Summit Police Department illustrates its commitment to a positive image and value-based quality of life for citizens and visitors through its motto, “Committed to Excellence.” For more information about the Lee’s Summit Police Department, visit www.lspolice.net.


The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations:

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
  • Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

For more information about CALEA, visit www.calea.org.

Lee’s Summit Police Chief Joe Piccinini accepts CALEA Advanced Accreditation from CALEA Chair Louis Dekmar. (left to right) Also, pictured (left to right) are CALEA Executive Director Sylvester Daughtry Jr. and LSPD Sgt./Accreditation Manager Lance Stokes.

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