Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement Seeks Professional Accreditation

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 27, 2007  
Contact Information:  Bobby Clue
Information Officer

CALEA Logo(FRANKFORT, Ky.) Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) will seek international accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Other law enforcement agencies in Kentucky that have received CALEA accreditation include the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police, Kentucky State Police, and Newport Police Departments.

CALEA was formed in 1979 by four major organizations: International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association, and Police Executive Research Forum. CALEA's Board of Commissioners regulates all aspects of the accreditation process. The board is composed of both law enforcement and community leaders.

“Since it is the vision of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement to be one of the top police agencies in the nation, it seemed only natural to take the next step to attain the top level of accreditation for our department,” said KVE Commissioner, Greg Howard.

To achieve CALEA accreditation, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement will be required to comply with nearly 450 international standards.

According to its timetable for accreditation, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement anticipates the on-site inspection by CALEA accreditation assessors to occur in August 2007. Based on this schedule and a successful assessment by the CALEA team, accreditation would be awarded in November 2007.

CALEA accreditation is a voluntary program that requires commitment from all levels of an organization. “From this point on, all members of the Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement will play an important role in this process, especially regional commanders as they work to ensure their areas of responsibility are in compliance with all related international accreditation standards,” Howard said.

Overseeing the department's progress will be Major David Herald, CALEA program manager, who will serve as a coach and a point of reference in helping to interpret standards and answer questions.

CALEA accreditation provides uniformity within police departments, ensuring compliance with the same group of standards. Having clear policies in all areas eliminates misconceptions about department operations. Other benefits of accreditation include improved administrative functions within the department, greater accountability from supervisors, and the opportunity for increased governmental and community support. Standards are tailored to the size of a department and the functions it performs.

“Departments that have attained accreditation or are in the process of doing so are typically regarded as lead police departments in their area and often earn recognition for their innovative practices,” said Howard.

Upon successful completion of CALEA, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement will be the first Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) enforcement agency in the nation to be fully accredited.

The mission of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement is to encourage and promote a safe driving environment through education and safety awareness while enforcing State and Federal laws and regulations, placing special emphasis on commercial vehicles.