MARTA Police Department Awarded Prestigious Designation by CALEA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT:   Cara Hodgson
March 29, 2010                                             404.848.5157

The MARTA Police Department (MPD) was recently awarded Flagship Agency status by CALEA, a national association that accredits law enforcement agencies for achieving industry-established performance standards and professional practices.  CALEA presented this prestigious designation in recognition of MPD’s outstanding compliance with accreditation standards during its 2009 re-accreditation. 

“The MARTA Police Department is extremely honored to have been selected to serve as a CALEA Flagship Agency, and we look forward to assisting our fellow police departments on achieving and maintaining accreditation standards,” said MARTA Police Chief Wanda Dunham.

Dunham credited the department’s success to the men and women of the MARTA Police Department stating, “It would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of each and every member of this Department with special acknowledgement to MARTA’s Accreditation Manager, Officer Gregory Gamble and the leadership and continued support of MARTA’s General Manager, Dr. Beverly A. Scott.”

Following a four-day, on-site assessment from December 12 to December 15, 2009, and a review of 464 files, CALEA reaccredited MPD after determining that the department was 100% compliant with all mandatory standards and 96% compliant with “other than mandatory” standards. 

CALEA re-accredits agencies every three years.  MARTA has been accredited by CALEA since 1997 and is one of only four transit police agencies in the United States that are certified. 

Of the 900 department re-accreditations that CALEA conducted from March 2007 to November 2009, MARTA is one of only 104 agencies that achieved Flagship status.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with 300 sworn officers whose mission is to protect MARTA assets and serve its customers.  The Department is the eight largest police department in the State of Georgia and is a professional, community-oriented agency that is committed to the safety of all its customers. 

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was created in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs Association and Police Executive Research Forum.  CALEA raises the bar of professionalism for law enforcement agencies by establishing a uniform set of written directives, strengthening an agency’s accountability, formalizing essential management procedures, establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, boosting citizen and staff confidence in the agency, solidifying interagency cooperation and coordination. 

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