CCPS accreditation seeks public input

A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will arrive at Western April 14 to examine all aspects of the Campus Community Police Service (CCPS) and its policy and procedures, management, operation, and support services.

Verification by the team that CCPS meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, said CCPS director Elgin Austen. Western was the first Canadian agency to achieve IACLEA accreditation.

University members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling the assessment team at 519-661-3400 on April 16 (between 1 and 3 p.m.).

Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the CCPS office in Lawson Hall. Contact Staff Sergeant Michael Mics at 519-661-3300 to view the standards.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117-2507.

CCPS has to comply with 239 standards in order to achieve accredited status, added Austen, noting acquiring and maintaining international standards will ensure the practices and accountabilities of the campus police will remain consistent with the best universities in North America.

The assessment team, Mark Bucalo and Cleveland Smith, are campus law enforcement professionals from the United States. They will review written materials, interview individuals, and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. Once complete, they will report back to IACLEA, who will then decide if the department is to be granted accredited status

Accreditation is for three years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.