The Inspectional Services Unit is responsible for evaluating the operation of the Division, as well as periodic inspections of facilities, vehicles, equipment, records, personnel and investigative procedures. The Inspectional Services Unit is charged with reviewing current Division-wide operations, practices, policies and procedures against mandatory and non-mandatory CALEA, (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) standards. This review ensures that any identified deficiencies are addressed accordingly to satisfy the standard, and to make certain the Division will continue to operate efficiently in order to maintain its prestigious accredited status.
The Rhode Island State Police achieved its initial accreditation in 1994 and was re-accredited in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017, with the two most recent re-accreditations using the Gold Standard Assessment. The Division achieved Flagship Status in 2005, 2008, 2011 and received the Accreditation with Excellence Award in 2014 and 2017.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), Inc. was created in 1979 to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
The re-accreditation process takes place every three years, and incorporates a thorough review of written materials, interviews and site visits are conducted by the CALEA on-site assessment team. Additionally, all Division policy and procedures, management, administration, operations, and personnel structure and process are examined for compliance with CALEA standards.
The Rhode Island State Police Accreditation Unit, formed in 1992, maintains the Division's accreditation status. This is an on-going project for an accredited law enforcement agency and requires constant monitoring and periodic updating of policies and procedures to ensure compliance with internationally accepted law enforcement accreditation standards.
More information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. and the accreditation process are available on CALEA's web site.