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BCI, OPOTA earn top marks in accreditation process

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has reaccredited the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy under its new Gold Standard Assessment program. OPOTA was the first law enforcement training facility in the United States to receive the Gold Standard accreditation.

The in-depth assessment involved in this process is available to select agencies that show a commitment to law enforcement accreditation and request an increased level of outside scrutiny as a means for self-improvement.
“This national accreditation recognizes our passion for excellence in providing our local law enforcement partners with the highest levels of services and training,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “I am proud that both BCI and OPOTA earned every award for which they were eligible.
BCI and OPOTA both received the Accreditation with Excellence Award, which is given to agencies that go beyond the basic requirements of accreditation and achieve an outstanding on-site assessment.
BCI also received the Advanced Accreditation designation, reserved for law enforcement agencies that comply with all applicable CALEA standards, and the Meritorious Award, for agencies maintaining 15 or more years of accredited status.
CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process that occurs every three years.