Albuquerque, NM (February 2012) – Thanks to a joint effort, Albuquerque was named as the host of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) 2014 Commission Meeting. The Visit Albuquerque (Visit Albuquerque) worked in tandem with the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the Farmington Police Department to prepare a bid.

CALEA is the credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement associations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The Commission Meeting is expected to bring approximately 500 attendees to Albuquerque November 19-22, 2014. The convention is expected to generate 2,243 hotel room nights and nearly $465,000 in direct spending for the city.

The bid process began in April 2011 with solicitation of support from the local law enforcement agencies. Albuquerque was selected as a finalist city in 2010 and 2011 from a list of more than 45 destinations across the United States. In 2010, Visit Albuquerque presented to the selection committee with APD Chief Raymond Schultz and an extended Albuquerque team presented at CALEA’s Expo in November 2011. Presenters included Bill Slauson – APD Planning & Policy Division; Lieutenant Eric Jordan – APD Inspections-Accreditation Unit; Laura Lepley – Hyatt Regency Albuquerque; Kelly Carr – SMG-managed Albuquerque Convention Center and Don Griego, CMP – Visit Albuquerque.

“Thanks to tremendous teamwork, we were able to present Albuquerque as the best destination for the CALEA meeting in 2014. Hosting this accreditation program for law enforcement professionals will be an honor for Albuquerque. We appreciate our partnerships in this community – with local support, we are able to extend our reach to book more meetings,” said Dale Lockett, President/CEO of the Visit Albuquerque.

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