CALEA Accreditation

The Gastonia Police Department is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Since the first CALEA Accreditation Award was granted, the program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The standards upon which the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based reflect the current thinking and experience of law enforcement practitioners and researchers. Major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions, governmental agencies and international law enforcement executives acknowledge CALEA's Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies and its Accreditation Programs as benchmarks for professional law enforcement agencies. 

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services. The Gastonia Police Department has been accredited since 2013, and has successfully maintained its accreditation status each year.

CALEA Public Comment Portal

Citizens may now utilize the CALEA Public Comment Portal  to comment on the Gastonia Police Department and its commitment to the accreditation process, including compliance with CALEA Standards, engagement in community service, delivery of public safety services and overall candidacy for accreditation status. For additional information, please follow the link above.

IMPORTANT: 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 acknowledgment of submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.


Ellie Fulton
CALEA Accreditation Manager/Policy and Research Specialist
(704) 854-6609


Gastonia, N.C., just minutes west of Charlotte, is one of the area’s best places to live and work with an ideal combination of location, size and livability. Gastonia is the largest of Gaston County’s 13 municipalities and one of the largest cities in the Charlotte metropolitan area. Selected as an All-America City three times, Gastonia’s desirable quality of life is the result of its beautiful natural surroundings, friendly neighborhoods, responsive government and vibrant business environment.


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