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On March 26, 2011, the Modesto Police Department received its second re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at a hearing held in Bethesda, Maryland. The department was first accredited by the Commission in March 2005 and is one of only seven municipal agencies in California to currently achieve and maintain this honor. Also, at the hearing in Bethesda, the department was recognized as a "Flagship Agency" for having continually demonstrated excellence in their commitment to the accreditation process.

"We are very pleased to have received our second re-accreditation and honored to be a CALEA Flagship Agency," said Modesto Police Chief Michael Harden. "The men and women who serve at the Modesto Police Department deserve to be recognized for their professionalism and dedication to the citizens of our community. Our employees, our practices and our policies have been thoroughly examined by CALEA and have been found to meet the high standards of re-accreditation."

The accreditation and re-accreditation process is demanding and extremely detailed. The department must have policies in place that meet the highest standards of modern law enforcement as outlined in CALEA guidelines. The department must also demonstrate and show proof that it adheres to those policies. In addition, CALEA assessors visit the department to get a hands-on look at how the department operates and upholds these standards.

CALEA assessors visited the Modesto Police Department in December 2010. The assessors conducted an extensive on-site assessment for three days. Assessors reviewed department policies and interviewed officers, citizens and other employees. The assessors’ final report was quite favorable of the Modesto Police Department and recommended re-accreditation.

Modesto Mayor Jim Ridenour attended the hearing in Bethesda along with five other Modesto Police officials who were available to answer any questions the commissioners may have had during the hearing. “I think it’s great that our police department is examined by an internationally recognized organization like CALEA,” said Mayor Ridenour. “It helps to ensure that our department is in line with professional law enforcement practices.”

Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. Employees of the Modesto Police Department take pride in their police service, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.

If you would like additional information regarding the International Law Enforcement Accreditation Program contact the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Linda Kaus at 572-9692 or email  You can also visit CALEA’s website at