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Left to right, Anthony B. Purcell – CALEA Chairman, Salem Major Derek Weeks, Salem Sgt. Todd Cheyney, Salem Chief Mike Crawley and W. Craig Hartley Jr. – CALEA Executive Director.

The Salem Police Department is officially a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. Earlier this month, CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, recognized the men and women of the department for earning this prestigious distinction. The Salem Police Department is one of just 33 agencies in the Commonwealth to achieve this lofty classification.

“There are more than 350 law enforcement organizations in Virginia, so we are humbled to be part of the group that has earned this level of national achievement,” said Salem Police Chief Mike Crawley. “By participating in the CALEA process, we believe we have improved the quality of the services we provide our community, and we understand we must live up to this designation and be accountable to ourselves and the citizens we serve.”

In order to receive national accreditation, the department had to demonstrate compliance with over 180 different standards including arrest procedures, use of force, evidence and…

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