Wailuku – The Maui Police Department has announced its accreditation renewal for another three years. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A.) confirmed this re-accreditation with “Meritorious” distinction at a conference held in Schaumburg, Illinois, during the week of July 20 – 23, 2014.
Attending this conference were Chief Gary YABUTA, Deputy Chief Clayton TOM, Assistant Chief Dean RICKARD, Lieutenant Jeraul S. PLADERA, Sgt. Kyle S. NAGANO and Sgt. Harry MATSUURA. This voluntary process undertaken by the Maui Police Department for the past 21 years means that the department’s policies and procedures met professional standards established by the commission for law enforcement agencies worldwide. This re-accreditation, the sixth for the department was a result of an on-site review of the department held this year at the end of April. Assessors from C.A.L.E.A. found the department in compliance with all standards and agency directives. The assessors also praised the department and found the agency to be professionally managed, highly motivated, well trained, and committed to excellence.
The Maui Police Department was the first law enforcement agency in the State of Hawaii to be accredited in 1996. Since that time the Honolulu Police Department and the Hawaii County Police Department have also been accredited by C.A.L.E.A. During this last on-site the Maui Police Department was honored to host representatives from the Hawaii County Police Department who is in their first re-accreditation stage and the Kauai Police Department who is in the initial accreditation process.
The Maui Police Department continues to be among an elite group of over a thousand agencies worldwide who have achieved this prestigious and international recognition of excellence and professionalism.