Accreditation Status
In July 2011 Bismarck Police Department received the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Certificate of Meritorious Accreditation, for having been successfully accredited for 15 or more years. The Bismarck Police Department had been accredited since 1991 and is one of two law enforcement agencies in North Dakota, and 700 nationally and internationally to receive accreditation.


To attain this elite position, we complied with 384 of the 464 standards required by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This included:
  • A thorough review of Department policy files and proofs-of-compliance
  • Inspections of our facility
  • Interviews with Department personnel
  • Reviewing opinions from citizens who wished to express their views regarding our service to the community

This award exemplifies the day-to-day professionalism displayed by personnel of the Bismarck Police Department. We are currently scheduled for our triennial reaccreditation assessment during April 2014, and we are confident we will maintain this coveted status well into the 21st century.