The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was created in 1979, when founding organizations of the International Association of Police, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association and the Police Executive Research Forum recognized a need within the law enforcement community to develop professional standards to enhance the delivery of police services.


Since its inception, CALEA has accredited over 1,000 plus agencies under standards developed by many of the best public safety practitioners and leaders of our time. These standards cover a wide range of administrative, operational and logistical issues and serve as a modern management model that provides the framework for recognizing professional excellence within public safety.

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)


The goals of CALEA are to:

  • Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • Formalize essential management procedures
  • Improve service delivery
  • Increase community and staff confidence in the agency
  • Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities

Review of Tustin Police Department

Many agencies are reluctant to have outsiders review their work and their processes, and detail any deficiencies the agencies may have. It involves risk. It also requires the department to be open to change so that they can demonstrate that they work, and conduct business, in a way that meets contemporary law enforcement standards. The Tustin Police Department is reviewed annually.

CALEA Accreditation Public Comment Portal

Posted 05/26/23

The Tustin Police Department is participating in the CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation process.  As a part of this process, we provide an opportunity for public feedback via the CALEA Public Comment portal.

The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding our compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide our agency with information to support continuous improvement, as well as foster our pursuit of professional excellence. 

It is important to note that CALEA is not an investigatory body and subsequently the public portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes.  Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgement to submissions. However, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.  

If you have questions about our agency, standards, or the process, please call Accreditation Manager Liliana Mendez at 714-573-3046. 

More Information

For more information regarding CALEA, please visit the CALEA website.