Our Organization

​​​​​​​​​​​Professional Standards Unit

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has a well-established tradition of serving the community with professionalism and integrity. To maintain that tradition and continue improving the quality of service the department provides to the community, each employee must accept the responsibility for their role in maintaining integrity, quality services, and the highest professional standards. The focus of this office is to assure the department is constantly improving whether it is through CALEA reaccreditation, staff inspections, property control audits, and/or revision of our departmental policies and directives. The Professional Standards Unit demonstrates our commitment to the high standards of excellence when dealing with our employees and the community that we serve. .

CALEA, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies; formed in 1979 to establish a body of standards designed to increase law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime; improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process and recognizing professional excellence.

Accreditation / Reaccreditation Process
  • Application
  • Self Assessment
  • On-Site Assessment
  • Commission Review
  • Maintaining Compliance and Reaccreditation

  • Initial Accreditation
    • On-Site December 2004
    • Accredited March 2005
    During our initial accreditation, CALEA assessors indicated how impressed they were with this department, and commending us for our professionalism and willingness to serve the citizens in our community.

    • On-Site December 2007
    • Reaccredited March 2008
    • On-Site January 2011
    • Reaccredited March 2011
    • On-Site November 2013
    • Reaccredited March 2014
    • On-Site November 2016
    • Reaccredited March 2017

    Departmental Policies
    • Develop and write departmental policies
    • Revise and update departmental policies
    • Obtain approval for departmental policies
    • Maintain historical records of all directives

    Staff Inspections
    • Assist the Quality Assurance Division with the staff inspection process
    • Individual employee inspections
    • Participation on inspection teams

    Property Control Audits
    • Obtain current property records / logs
    • Verify property / evidence is correctly stored and logged
    • Visual inspection of property / evidence
    • Conduct unannounced inspections

    Contact Us
    ​​ Capt. Mark Santaniello, Unit Leader - 704-336-6951​​

    Sgt. Chris Busic, Accreditation Manager - 704-353-1139

    ​Ofc.​ Billy Yandle​, Policy & Directives Officer - 704-336-2359

    Taylor Sloop, Administrative Officer I​ -​ 704-353-1002​​