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CALEA Accreditation


We continue to stand out - internationally recognized & accredited - year after year! 

CALEAIn 2009, the Clayton Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in Johnston County and one of only 5 departments of its size in the state to earn the highly-prized recognition for professional excellence from CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. We went on to earn this prestigious honor in 2012 and in 2015 achieved the Gold Standard, the most difficult and most painstaking of the accreditation processes an agency can seek. North Carolina has roughly 70 accredited law enforcement agencies, with only a quarter of those meeting the Gold Standard.

Thank you to those citizens who came to the CALEA assessment meeting and for sharing your feedback. 

Beginning July 19, 2015, a team from this independent, international accrediting authority assessed hundreds of our files, interviewed officers and citizens, and conducted a nearly 3-day on-site inspection.  Accreditation is a great way to demonstrate that the Clayton Police Department meets a professional standard - 482 applicable standards of professionalism to be exact! 

The CALEA certification is also a cost-savings measure. The Town’s insurance provider imparts up to a 20% insurance premium credit on law enforcement liability coverage for maintaining CALEA accreditation. 

"CALEA accreditation gives our department a focus and direction with standards that are clearly defined and measurable, " said Chief R.W. Bridges. "It is an invaluable and comprehensive tool that allows us to be more efficient and effective in providing our community with the best available law enforcement services. We believe that our citizens deserve nothing less than the best that we can offer. ” 


Individual Awards

Lieutenant J. R. Herring

Lieutenant J. R. Herring

Lieutenant J. R. Herring was promoted to the rank of captain in July of 2013. After beginning his career in Clayton in 2001 as an officer, Herring progressed through the ranks of the agency, and now commands the patrol division.




John LeQuire

John LeQuire

John LeQuire was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in August of 2013. He has a total of 10 years with the agency and holds numerous certifications to include being a certified drug recognition expert. He is currently assigned to “C” Squad in the Patrol Division.





Detective Temple

Detective Temple

Detective Temple was awarded his Advanced Law Enforcement Certification in 2013. The award represents many hours of law enforcement and traditional education and is one of the highest awards that can be earned by a law enforcement officer.





Sgt. Kevin Cook

Sgt. Kevin Cook

Sgt. Kevin Cook won second place in a police motorcycle in- service training and competition put on by the Raleigh Police Department. The field was extremely competitive with motor officers from across the state.







Officer Ron Freeman

Officer Ron Freeman

Officer Ron Freeman served as the Clayton Police Department’s Officer of the Year for 2013. Officer Freeman was selected for this position after displaying years of dedicated service to the department and going above and beyond when dealing with the citizens of Clayton. Freeman is currently assigned to the Administrative Services Division where he has served on both the Community Action Team as well as the Traffic Unit as a police motor officer.  He was instrumental in organizing many of the Town’s Neighborhood Watch Programs and still remains in contact with those groups. Many children in Town may only recognize him as McGruff the Crime Dog!

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