The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), was formed in 1979 to establish a body of standards designed to:
Increase Law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime.
Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services.
Increase cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and with other agencies of the criminal justice system.
Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency.
In addition, the Commission was formed to develop an accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to demonstrate voluntarily that they meet an established set of professional standards.
The Commission began accrediting police agencies in 1986. Initially, accreditation was awarded to agencies for a period of 5 years, after which agencies must reapply and be subjected to the reassessment process. Currently this process is done every 3 years.
The Wheeling Police Department was first Accredited in November of 1990. In July of 1996, January of 2001, November of 2004 and November of 2007 the Department was reaccredited by the Commission demonstrating continued compliance with the Standards.