November 21, 2017  

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Southern Miss UPD Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment

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The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain national accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, USM students, employees, and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at 4 p.m.  The session will be held in Room “D” on the 2nd floor of the R. C. Cook Union on the Hattiesburg campus. Comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. 

If you cannot attend the session in person, you are invited to offer comment through one of two additional methods:

By calling 601.266.4354 on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, between the hours of 1 and 2 p.m.  Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Telephone comments are also limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

Through submitted written comments about The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation. Comments should be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

UPD must comply with 189 standards in order to maintain accredited status. The assessment team, composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state, agencies, will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. UPD was first recognized by CALEA ® in 2005, and fully accredited for the first time in 2009.

The CALEA ® Program Manager for The University of Southern Mississippi Police Department is Vincent Dauro, and the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state, agencies. The assessors will also review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are:

  • Team Leader – Chief Linda Stump-Kurnick, University of Florida Police Department
  • Team Member – Sergeant Mark Tipton, Alcoa, Tennessee Police Department

Once the CALEA ® assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status, according to Dauro. 

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please visit calea.org, e-mail calea@calea.org, or write the Commission at:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®)

13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320

Gainesville, VA 20155.