27 November 2006
University Police Receive Reaccreditation
During a formal awards ceremony on
18 November 2006, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
(CALEA) voted unanimously to re-accredit the Jacksonville State University Police
Department for the next three (3) years. Originally accredited in 1998, the department
was re-accredited in 2000 and 2003. All agencies participating in the CALEA
process are inspected onsite by CALEA certified assessors once every three (3)
years to ensure compliance with CALEA standards.
In August 2006, CALEA conducted a
five (5) day on-site assessment of the University Police Department to
determine compliance with nationally adopted operational, administrative,
training, and personnel management standards. A three member assessment team
reviewed four hundred and forty six (446) compliance files, conducted
interviews, public forums, inspected equipment, and observed daily police
CALEA is a voluntary, non-governmental agency
formed in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the
National Sheriff's Association (NSA), the National Organization of Black Law
Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
Together, they have created a body of standards which have furthered the
professional level of service offered by local law enforcement agencies.
Once granted, accreditation
lasts for three years during which time the agency must submit annual reports
attesting continued compliance with those standards under which they were
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