NASHVILLE – Final preparations are underway for the on-site assessment of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation by representatives of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The assessment is scheduled for July 29 – August 1, 2019. The CALEA team is due to arrive in Nashville on Monday, July 29, 2019 and will begin the assessment process for re-accreditation.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation first attained accredited status from CALEA in 1994 after many hours of hard work and effort were placed into developing policies and procedures that would comply with the standards set forth by CALEA.  The TBI was proud to be only the third state criminal investigative agency to be accredited by CALEA. The TBI was re-accredited in 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015 by CALEA.

Four years have passed since the last re-accreditation, and it is now time for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to welcome CALEA back to inspect records, interview personnel, and solicit remarks from the community to assure that the TBI has kept in compliance with the changes in law and CALEA standards.

CALEA accreditation means that an agency has met the highest law enforcement standards. This extremely high quality of assessment assures fairness within the TBI and throughout the entire State of Tennessee. The accredited status has also helped the TBI in its recruitment of highly trained Agents and overall credibility throughout the state.

The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices where compliance can be witnessed.  The assessors are Executive Director Gerald Bailey (retired) from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, who is the team leader, and team member Captain Marianne Daly, who currently works in the Accreditation Unit for the Connecticut State Police.

Telephone comments will be accepted by the assessors on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. CDT. the number to call is (615) 744-4051. Agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on July 30, 2019, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Nashville Headquarters.

Media wishing to contact the assessment team may leave messages with the Public Information Officer at (615) 744-4066.

For more information, contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Accreditation Manager, Cheryl Cain, at (615) 744-4032.