Tech Police Department earns re-accreditation
The Virginia Tech Police Department recently received its fifth consecutive re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Incorporated.
Tech police began the accreditation process in 1992, and were first accredited in 1995.
The 75-member department, which includes 51 sworn officers, is one of only 65 university police departments nationally accredited, and one of only three in the commonwealth of Virginia to receive advanced accreditation, according to a news release from the university.
The accreditation program provides law enforcement and public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate they are able to conform to an established set of rigorous professional standards and guidelines.
CALEA is an independent, nonprofit organization established in 1979 to develop a set of law enforcement standards designed to improve the delivery of law enforcement services from coast to coast.
The purpose of CALEA’s accreditation programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
As part of the accreditation process, the Virginia Tech Police Department developed a comprehensive and uniform set of written departmental directives; established the necessary reporting procedures and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions; assured a preparedness program is in place to address natural or man-made critical incidents; and demonstrated a commitment to continually developing and improving the department’s relationship with the community.
“National accreditation significantly enhances our department’s ability to provide professional law enforcement service to the university community, and to assure that we are prepared to continue our cooperative liaison with law enforcement agencies in surrounding communities,” Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum said in the release.
“Additionally, accreditation shows the ability of our department to meet national standards for law enforcement, including campus law enforcement.”
The Tech Police Department received its re-accreditation on Nov. 17 at the CALEA conference in Jacksonville, Fla.
— The Burgs
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