Airport Authority Police Department seeks public input during reaccreditation process

Jul 28

DETROIT (July 28, 2021) – The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) is seeking input from the public regarding law enforcement at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Willow Run Airport. The solicitation of public input is part of the police department’s Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) reaccreditation process.

Attaining CALEA accreditation—a process the Airport Police Department completed in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017—requires the department to comply with more than 480 professional standards. CALEA accreditation signifies the Airport Authority Police Department is among the top-performing law enforcement agencies in the world. 

As part of the ongoing review process to maintain this prestigious accreditation, a team of CALEA assessors will examine every aspect of WCAA’s public safety operations. Assessors will observe WCAA public safety personnel, equipment, and operating procedures; interview local public officials; and tour airport facilities. 

Members of the community and agency employees are invited to offer comments during a Call-In Session on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. as well as a Public Hearing that will continue from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Both sessions will be held virtually via Webex by Cisco. The Public Hearing may be attended in person at the Public Safety Headquarters, 31399 East Service Drive Detroit, MI 48242.

To join virtually as an attendee:   

Webex Event information:

Event number (access code): 179 098 5959

Event password: vePXx8c3vk8

Panelist Password: The event has no Panelist Password

To join via telephone:

Telephone number: 1-408-418-9388

Event number (access code): 179 098 5959

Call in info will also be available at: 

Participants will have the opportunity to speak with CALEA assessors regarding the accreditation process and the department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s Standards. Information about the Accreditation program is available at

To learn more about WCAA’s public information programs, contact Captain Anthony Staats at (734) 942-5380.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) serviced more than 14 million passengers in 2020, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, DTW welcomed more than 36 million passengers. As one of the world’s leading air transportation hubs, DTW offers service from 12 scheduled passenger airlines. Michigan’s largest airport offers approximately 650 flights per day to and from more than 105 nonstop destinations on three continents. With two award-winning passenger terminals, six jet runways, and an onsite AAA Four-Diamond Westin Hotel, DTW is among the world’s most efficient, customer friendly and operationally capable airports in North America. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport earned Airports Council International’s 2020 Airport Service Quality Award for Best Airport by Size and Region (25 to 40 million passengers per year in North America). DTW also received the highest score among mega airports in the J.D. Power 2019 North America Airport Satisfaction Study of customers’ satisfaction with the airport they traveled through and scored the highest in the security check and terminal facilities factors. Visit for details. DTW is operated by the Wayne County Airport Authority, which also operates nearby Willow Run Airport – an important corporate, cargo and general aviation facility. The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations. Visit for more information.

Erica Donerson
Vice President, Communications and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority
Media Relations Manager
Wayne County Airport Authority