History of PPAC

The Pennsylvania Police Accreditation Coalition (PPAC) is a nonprofit, non-governmental coalition whose membership consists of law enforcement agencies and other organizations interested or participating in law enforcement accreditation.

PPAC was founded in 1990 to provide guidance and assistance to law enforcement agencies pursuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), a nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Virginia. 

In July 2001, the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association (PCPA) introduced the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to the Commonwealth. With the creation of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC), the PPAC expanded its focus in support of law enforcement agencies who sought to attain an accredited status through this new opportunity. According to the PCPA, since 2001, over 375 agencies have enrolled, and more than 125 agencies currently maintain accredited status. 

From its inception, PPAC has continued to represent the interests of Commonwealth law enforcement agencies by:

  • Promoting the adoption of quality policies and procedures by all law enforcement agencies.

  • Providing guidance, information and direct assistance to member agencies participating in the CALEA or PLEAC accreditation programs, including organizing and conducting preliminary on-site accreditation assessments.

  • Serving as a forum for the generation of ideas and exchange of information on accreditation and a wide range of other contemporary law enforcement topics.

  • Advocating for the continued support of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association’s accreditation program.