In 2010, the Huntley Police Department became nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The purpose of accreditation 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; and recognizing professional excellence. It provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards.
The Village of Huntley Police Department was granted reaccreditation at the Summer 2016 CALEA Conference, which was held the last week of July in Baltimore, Maryland.
"The accreditation process emphasizes the importance of accountability, transparency, and professionalism in policing," said Chief of Police Robert Porter. "These concepts are more important today than they have ever been. CALEA is an important institution to ensure we are setting and maintaining the highest standards."
Chief Porter represented Huntley PD before the CALEA review committee on Saturday morning during which Review Commissioner Barry Rountree complimented Huntley PD on the excellent job done in preparing for the on-site assessment held in April. "I am extremely proud of how the department performed not only through the assessment but each and every day as they fulfill their responsibilities in serving the public," stated Chief Porter.
In the Assessment Report filed after the April on-site assessment, CALEA Team Leader Sean Kelly stated "collaboration and partnership with the community in nearly every conceivable function of the department has yielded an atmosphere rich in accountability and transparency." He also described Huntley as a "community that is genuinely interested in and trustful of the Huntley Police Department." Review Committee Chair Ray Johnson asked Chief Porter to speak to this and both he and Village Manager Dave Johnson complimented the police and village staff and the community for the continued cultivation of such a cooperative relationship. The Review Commissioners also noted the low crime rate in Huntley, despite the growth of the village.
Once granted, accreditation lasts for four years during which time the agency must submit annual reports and reviews attesting continued compliance with applicable standards.
Pictured left to right: CALEA Executive Director Craig Hartley, Huntley Village Manager Dave Johnson, Chief of Police Robert Porter, Accreditation Manager Christina Austin, Deputy Chief of Support Services Todd Fulton, CALEA Commission President Richard Myers