UAPD receives reaccreditation from National Campus Law Enforcement Organization


November 23, 2022

UAPD receives reaccreditation from National Campus Law Enforcement Organization

The University of Arizona Police Department has been reaccredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, recognition that the department adheres to the highest standards and practices in public safety on campus.

The association, known as IACLEA, informed the UAPD of its reaccreditation on 17 November. IACLEA is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in campus public safety and law enforcement. The UAPD will be recognized at the association’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida in June.

This is the third time that the UAPD has received accreditation, which less than 100 agencies have achieved. The UAPD is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA, which accredits US law enforcement agencies at all levels, not just on college campuses.

“Getting reaccredited by IACLEA is a true honor,” said University of Arizona Police Chief Paula Balafas. “Accreditation is a department-wide effort, and I would like to thank everyone at the University of Arizona Police Department who made this reaccreditation possible. Maintaining our accreditation is strongly supported by the university leadership team, and we are grateful for their support. Being accredited adds trust and credibility to an already amazing police service and allows us to continue to focus on best practices in policing. higher education policy.

Accreditation means that the UAPD has demonstrated to external and impartial experts during an on-site assessment that the department and its officers, administrators and civilian staff comply with national best practices in the operations of the department and the recruitment, selection, training and professional development of staff.

The assessment included examining hundreds of policies or practices, including how the UAPD trains its investigators, how officers handle assets and evidence, how the department provides timely warnings about reported crimes, how it trains on active responses to threats, etc. The evaluation also included an opportunity for members of the public to provide feedback to the IACLEA evaluators.

The UAPD, according to the assessment, complies with each of IACLEA’s mandatory standards. The department is also in compliance with 93% of the standards that IACLEA designates as “elective”.

The IACLEA accreditation will operate concurrently with the CALEA accreditation and is valid until April 2026, when the UAPD will apply for re-accreditation.

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Media contact:
sergeant. Sean’s Shields
University of Arizona Police Department

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