Commission On Accreditation For Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Initially accredited in 2006, NCTC continues to be the only military-operated CALEA- accredited Public Safety Training Academy for civilian law enforcement in the nation. CALEA's Standards for Public Safety Training Academies© are seen as benchmarks for today's law enforcement training programs.

In March 2012, NCTC received its third award and CALEA's elite status of "Accreditation with Excellence" for its history of consecutive flawless on-site assessments. This sustained recognition assures NCTC's spotlight as a center for professional excellence within the law enforcement training community. CALEA's Standards span the topics of certification, organization, direction and authority, human resources, recruitment and selection, instructional systems, program development, training support; and student welfare.


Accreditation facilitates an academy's pursuit of professional excellence and is a means for developing or improving upon an academy's relationship with the community it serves. CALEA Standards strengthens an agency's accountability through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities. Being CALEA Accredited can limit an academy's liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that recognized standards for public safety training academies have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA trained assessors.

The standards upon which the CALEA Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of training academy practitioners and accreditation experts.