North Carolina Department of Justice
North Carolina Department of Justice
North Carolina Department of Justice
Submit this request

SBI wins unanimous reaccreditation

Release date: 3/29/2012

Certification by CALEA follows extensive external inspection and peer review

Raleigh: The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has received its fifth reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  
SBI Director Greg McLeod and representatives from the agency appeared before the Commission for review and reaccreditation proceedings on Saturday, March 24, 2012.  The agency was awarded Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation and the CALEA Meritorious Award.
“Agents realize that independent examination makes the SBI even stronger,” Attorney General Roy Cooper said. “The SBI is now doing better work than ever before with fewer resources.”
“The SBI was the first state law enforcement agency in North Carolina to become accredited by CALEA.” said SBI Director Greg McLeod. “Our commitment to seek out this intensive scrutiny underscores our dedication to being among the finest law enforcement agencies in the nation.”
The review covered a November, 2011 four-day on-site inspection and assessment of the agency. This rigorous process requires compliance with more than 460 specific standards for all aspects of law enforcement operations and requires agencies to undergo external inspection and peer review.  The accreditation process challenges law enforcement agencies to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service-delivery.
CALEA is a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program that requires participating agencies to meet or exceed research-based best practices.  These standards address all facets of law enforcement services and are separated into nine critical law enforcement areas: role, responsibilities, and relationships; organization, management, and administration; personnel structure; personnel process; operations; operation support; traffic operations; detainee and court-related activities; and auxiliary and technical services.  The standards are subject to ongoing review and revision.
The CALEA Meritorious Award recognizes the SBI for being accredited for 15 or more continuous years. The SBI first received accreditation in 1995 and achieved reaccreditation in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009.  In 2012, the SBI was recognized as a CALEA Meritorious Award Agency.  The SBI was formally recognized at the CALEA conference for receiving this prestigious award based on its current CALEA assessment and its overall professional standing in the public safety community.
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by four major law enforcement membership associations: the Chiefs of Police (ICAP); the National Organizations of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
Benefits of Accreditation
Participating in the CALEA accreditation process benefits the SBI by challenging the agency to develop and utilize the best practices in law enforcement as it serves the people of North Carolina.  Maintaining accreditation promotes a greater degree of accountability across all aspects of the agency.
Some of the more tangible benefits of the CALEA accreditation process are:
  • Stringent evaluation by outside law enforcement practitioners utilizing internationally-recognized standards that are established by an objective accrediting body.
  • Review of SBI policy and procedures to maintain and implement comprehensive directives for sworn and non-sworn employees.
  • Guides SBI leadership on how to best distribute personnel resources across the state.
  • Ensures that all employees are provided the best training and educational opportunities available.
  • Helps the SBI identify new technologies, services, equipment and resources to meet the needs of the law enforcement community.
  • Requires the SBI to develop policies and procedures that supplement existing state requirements for hiring and promotion standards.
  • Regular inspections of all SBI districts/sections/units, including personnel and facilities.
  • Ensures internal investigations are conducted thoroughly and consistently across the SBI and that disciplinary actions are consistent.
  • Multi-level evidence inspection to make sure seized property is collected and disposed of properly.

Media contact:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413