The Oneida Indian Nation Police has received the top distinction from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the International Gold Standard of Public Safety Agencies, for the seventh time since 1998. The CALEA Accreditation maintains a high level of public safety standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence.

The process of CALEA Accreditation began with a rigorous self-assessment, requiring a review of policies, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards. This is followed by an evaluation of the Oneida Nation Police’s procedures by independent assessors with extensive public safety experience. Additionally, to assess community trust and the department’s engagement in the community it serves, public feedback about the department’s effectiveness and overall service is obtained.

“Our Nation Police Department continues to work diligently to foster strong relationships with law enforcement on all levels – federal, state and local – to benefit our entire region. Each year these extremely experienced and well-trained men and women continue to add to their list of achievements and distinctions,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO. “As the only tribal police department to earn this high honor, the CALEA Accreditation validates the department’s extremely high standards and unwavering commitment to serve and protect our community.”

The CALEA Accreditation recognizes law enforcement agencies based on their professionalism, stewardship, integrity, diversity, independence, continuous improvement, objectivity, credibility, consistency, knowledge, experience, accountability and collaboration.

In addition to the CALEA Accreditation, the Oneida Nation Police have been recognized on numerous occasions for their dedication and commitment to serve the community, including their participation in an ongoing drug task force comprised of several federal, state and local agencies, including Homeland Security. Additionally, when a State of Emergency was declared after extreme flooding in Oneida County, the Nation Police were an integral part of rescue and aid efforts for residents.