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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 operations.

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 initially accredited.

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