April 25, 2019  

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University Police Department Earns Continued National Accreditation

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The University of Southern Mississippi’s Police Department (UPD) was awarded a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) during a ceremony held March 24 in Frisco, Texas. The Southern Miss UPD was the first higher education law enforcement agency in the state to earn this status, and currently one of only two in Mississippi to be nationally accredited.

The recognition from CALEA®, the fourth affirmation for Southern Miss UPD from the commission, follows the recent award of state accreditation through the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MSLEAC).

National accreditation through CALEA® comes after an agency has proven it has satisfactorily completed a continuous process of thorough, agency-wide self-evaluation, meeting the criteria of 189 standards set by the commission, as determined through a review by a team of independent assessors.

“We’re grateful to all members of our department for their assistance as we worked through this evaluation process, for the input from the university community and the support of our administration,” said UPD Major Chuck Chandler, who manages the department’s accreditation compliance. “Achieving national accreditation would not have been possible without their support, and our commitment to employing best practices in our service to USM.”

For more information about the Southern Miss UPD, visit: http://www.usm.edu/police.