The Fort Smith Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve its re-accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. In
November of 2013, the Fort Smith Police Department Communications Unit was awarded Re-Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA),
after having met the Commissionís established professional standard requirements. Accreditation is awarded for a three year period, at which time an agency is re-evaluated to verify
compliance with those standards under which they were originally accredited. The Fort Smith Police Department is committed to maintaining the level of professionalism and high standards
of performance expected and required of a CALEA accredited agency, and we look forward to the process while striving for our third consecutive re-accreditation.
The Fort Smith Police Department is the first in the State of Arkansas to be dually accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA's accreditation
programs provide a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agencies' policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever necessary to meet a body of internationally
accepted standards. CALEA Accreditation is the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence.
- CALEA Accreditation requires the agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out uniform set of written directives.
- CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
- CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences.
- CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an agency's relationship with the community or the agencies it services.
- CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency's accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
- Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency's liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for both law enforcement agency and public safety communications have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
- CALEA Accreditation facilitates an agency's pursuit of professional excellence.
Samantha Wagner serves the Fort Smith Police Department as the CALEA (Commission on
Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) Communications Accreditation Manager. Her
duties include the collection and maintenance of all Communications Accreditation Files,
CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) and addressing and system updates.
Samantha Wagner has been with the police department since 2012. Before Accreditation
Manager, Samantha worked as a Telecommunicator for almost two years. Samantha received
her Associates Degree of Fine Arts from the University of Fort Smith Arkansas in 2011.
The Police Department received its initial Law Enforcement Accreditation in 2003 and its third reaccreditation in July 2012. The Law Enforcement Accreditation team
consist of Capt. Jarrard Copeland and Cpl. Kelley Colton, Law Enforcement Accreditation Manager.
The Police Department's Communications Center received its initial Public Safety Communications Accreditation in 2007 and reaccredited in 2010. The Fort Smith Police
911 Communications Unit was awarded reaccreditation on November 16, 2013. The Public Safety Communications Accreditation Team consists of Cpl.
Matthew Holloway and Sgt. Wes Milam.
It is with pride that the Accreditation Teams pursue continued accreditation in all three area - not only to ensure quality of service to the citizens of Fort Smith,
but to also show the commitment to our community.
Click here to find out answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Benefits, Standards, Accreditation
Process, and Commission History.