Thursday, April 11, 2013
The East Carolina University Police Department received its third award acknowledging it received advanced accreditation last month.
ECUPD received an award for advanced accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies on March 23.
CALEA has more than 630 accredited agencies across North America, with only 63 of those at university and college campuses, a new release from the university stated.
The accreditation process required agencies to comply with 480 standards dealing with personnel practices, patrol procedures, crime prevention, community-oriented policing, investigations, communications and records management.
Lt. Chris Sutton with the department said the recent accreditation was the culmination of hard work from the staff.
“This step in the process is not the end but a continuation,” Sutton said. “We will continue to work to assist students, faculty, staff and visitors in maintaining a safe environment, and to enhance the quality of life at East Carolina University.”
The accreditation process is a three-year cycle where proof of compliance for each of the standards is collected for each year. Assessors also visit the agency and review files, interview personnel within and outside of the agency, conduct inspections, observe communication and ride with officers on patrol.
The agency then goes before CALEA commissioners to field questions about the agency’s practices, who decide whether the agency will be accredited or reaccredited.
“The East Carolina University Police Department was found in compliance with all applicable standards,” said Thomas Engells, lead assessor and chief of the University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department. “The proofs of compliance offered for review were in masterfully designed files that were both thorough and pertinent. The several agency members observed and interviewed were competent and confident public safety professionals.”
The accreditation process was overseen by Lt. Mike Jordan, professional standards lieutenant, and Annette Parker, accreditation manager.
via The Daily Reflector.