The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) was conceived in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
In 1996, The Laurel Police Department became the 428th police department in the United States and the 12th in the State of Maryland to achieve national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
The Department is in compliance with accreditation standards aimed at strengthening crime prevention and control capabilities, formalizing essential management procedures, establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improving service delivery, solidifying interagency cooperation and coordination, and boosting citizen confidence in the Police Department.
In 2004, the Laurel Police Department was selected as a Flashship Agency by CALEA. The Flagship Agency Program was created to acknowledge the achievement and expertise of some of the most successful CALEA accredited public safety agencies. The Department successfully completed its fourth re-assessment for re-accreditation in 2010.