CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia Police Department announced for the tenth year it has received certification in law enforcement from the National Law Enforcement Accreditation Agency.

CALEA accreditation is a competitive award that signifies excellence in public safety and commitment to the community, according to a news release from UPD.

This is UPD's fourth award of national accreditation. The police department was first accredited in 2011.

The certification requires a multi-year self-assessment phase conducted by the University Police Department prior to appearing before the CALEA's 21-member Board of Commissioners.

Information on CALEA's accreditation programs and goals from the release:

The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by (1) maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; (2) establishing and administering an accreditation process; and (3) recognizing professional excellence.

Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to: Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities; Formalize essential management procedures; Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; Improve service delivery; Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.