Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Awarded National Accreditation

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, November 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Bobby Clue
Information Officer

CALEA Accreditation Picture - Colorado Springs, CO (FRANKFORT, Ky.) – Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) today received a coveted law enforcement accreditation after more than a year of intense reviews and grading. The Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) bestowed the honor at a meeting of their commissioners in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The award is the culmination of a three-year process that included on-site inspections from a national team representing the commission. Assessors examined files, conducted panel interviews of staff members, inspected facilities, and performed ride-a-longs with officers.

“This is a significant achievement for KVE and I commend the Department on earning this important nationally recognized accreditation,” said General Norman E. Arflack, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary. "Accreditation by CALEA is an achievement that recognizes professionalism, excellence and competence. “This achievement represents a dedicated commitment by all Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement employees to constantly improve the quality of service they provide to the citizens of the commonwealth." 

“We worked long and hard to reach this goal. CALEA certification means we are nationally recognized as using the best practices in modern policing and being a model for other law enforcement agencies,” said Greg Howard, Commissioner of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement.

There are 608 CALEA accredited police agencies with many more currently in the process to gain the honor. Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is the first police agency in the country dedicated primarily to enforcement of commercial vehicle laws and regulations to gain CALEA Accreditation.

CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The 21 CALEA commissioners are appointed by the four founding law enforcement organizations. Eleven are law enforcement practitioners with the remaining selected from both the public and private sectors including representation from the business community, academia, and the judiciary.

Accreditation brings several significant benefits. Primarily, it improves public safety services by comparing Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement to the best procedures currently used by law enforcement and raising any non-compliant areas up to those standards. Additionally, it creates accountability to a respected benchmarking group that knows the work of modern policing. Public trust is bolstered by way of the transparency involved in the whole CALEA accreditation process.