Professional Standards Division

Accreditation

We Practice the Best Police Practices at a High Standard of Professionalism

WILEAG Accredited Law Enforcement Agency LogoThe Oshkosh Police Department is both a nationally and state accredited police agency. We are accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG). In Wisconsin, there are currently only 3 police agencies that have earned CALEA accreditation and only 19 police agencies that have earned WILEAG accreditation.

Law Enforcement AccreditationAccredited police agencies show compliance to approximately 459 standards of professional police practices and represent the best in police services. The standards address six major law enforcement subjects, including: (1) Role, responsibilities and relationships with other agencies; (2) Organization, management and administration; (3) Personnel administration; (4) Law Enforcement operations, operational support and traffic law enforcement; (5) Prisoner and court related services; and (6) Auxiliary and technical services.

CALEA accreditation is valid for a period of three years. The Oshkosh Police Department earned its initial accreditation status in November 1994. Our sixth re-accreditation was awarded in November 2014. We are one of only approximately 600 police agencies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to be a CALEA accredited law enforcement agency.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • Recognition for Excellence
    • Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence. The community and police department can take pride in their department, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.
  • Increased Community Advocacy
    • Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges confronting law enforcement, and gives law enforcement clear direction about community expectations.
  • Greater Accountability with the Agency
    • Accreditation standards give the Chief Executive Officer a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority and routine reports that support decision making and resource allocation.
  • Stronger Defense Against Lawsuits and Citizen Complaints
    • Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them once they become accredited.
  • Support from Government Officials
    • Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency's commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management and service delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency's ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
  • Controlled Liability Insurance Costs
    • Accredited status may make it easier for agencies to purchase police liability insurance; may allow agencies to increase the limit of their insurance coverage more easily; and, in many cases, may result in lower premiums.

For more information about Accreditation, contact:

Lieutenant Andrew LeckerĀ 
Oshkosh Police Department
Professional Standards Division
(920) 236-5758