Wake Forest University Police seeking accreditation
March 5, 2008
The Wake Forest University Police Department is seeking accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
A team of assessors from IACLEA will arrive March 30 to examine all aspects of the Wake Forest Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation and support services. The team’s role is to verify that the department meets IACLEA’s standards as part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.
Members of the Reynolda Campus community and the public may offer comments on the Wake Forest Police Department by calling 336-758-7160 on March 31 between 12:30-4:30 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Wake Forest Police Department may send those comments to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main Street, West Hartford, Conn. 06117-2507.
Comments are expected to address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the University Police Communications Center at Davis Residence Hall. University Police Lt. Preston Oldham can be contacted to arrange to review the standards.
"The Wake Forest University Police Department has to comply with 225 standards in order to achieve accredited status,” said Police Chief Regina Lawson. “In meeting those standards, the department establishes formal recognition for its professional ability to serve the community with the highest standards.”
If the department is accredited, it will continue working to improve, Lawson said.
"The accreditation process requires a law enforcement department to continuously seek improvement,” Lawson explained. “Accreditation requires a department to stay abreast of best practices in the field and continue adopting those practices.”
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.