Springfield, Mo. ~ The Springfield Police Department (SPD) has been awarded its 9th consecutive international reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). This is the 15th consecutive year that SPD has achieved accreditation, and it requires a rigorous review process every four years to maintain accredited status.

At a meeting on November 11, 2023, Chief Paul Williams presented the department's reaccreditation application to the commission, who unanimously voted to approve it. Chief Williams expressed his pride in the department's success and commitment to providing excellent service while following established industry best practices.

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SPD is dedicated to CALEA, which is the only international organization that provides certification and oversight into police agencies' standards, policies, procedures and operations. The accreditation process also includes an opportunity for public feedback through an online portal available year-round. Those wishing to provide feedback directly can find forms at

Accreditation Manager Brandy Osborn was also recognized at the meeting as she earned the title of Certified Accreditation Manager after successfully completing all aspects of CALEA training requirements. Pictured left to right in a photo accompanying this article are CALEA President Marlon Lynch, Lt. Jennifer Charleston, Capt. Culley Wilson, Maj. Tad Peters, Accreditation Manager Brandy Osborn, Chief Paul Williams, CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley Jr., and other members of SPD staff who contributed to this successful reaccreditation effort.

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