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Oswego Police Department Receives Accreditation with Excellence

Dec 02, 2014 06:14PM ● By Steven Jack

The Oswego Police Department has received the “CALEA Accreditation with Excellence” award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. 

The award was presented in a ceremony at the most recent CALEA Conference, held in Albuquerque, NM, in November. Present for the ceremony and accepting the award on behalf of the Department were Police Chief Jeff Burgner, Captain Nicholas Sikora, Accreditation Manager Cathy Nevara and Oswego Village President Brian LeClercq. 

The Oswego Police Department has maintained national accreditation since 2005, an ongoing process that requires the agency to meet or exceed over four hundred professional, law enforcement standards covering every facet of its administration and operations.

The Department successfully received reaccreditation as a result of a “Gold Standard” onsite assessment completed in August of this year. The assessment was conducted by a team of trained assessors selected by CALEA from professional law enforcement agencies from across the country. 

The Oswego Police Department was a candidate for the “Gold Standard” assessment because of an excellent history of adherence to the CALEA standards and an exemplary record of positive onsite assessments. This assessment process involved the review of critical department policies and placed special emphasis on interviews with department staff, interviews with organizational partners and public interaction to show compliance with the CALEA standards.

“Excellence” is awarded only to those agencies that most embody the effective use of accreditation as a model for the delivery of enhanced public safety services and by demonstrating excellence in areas concerning the development and implementation of contemporary policy and procedure, continuous organizational improvement and the collection, review and analysis of organizational data for the purpose of public safety improvement.  

For more information regarding CALEA, its programs and a list of those agencies that are nationally accredited, please visit