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UPPD: International Accreditation
April 10, 2007, Volume 53, No. 29

The University of Pennsylvania Police Department (UPPD) retained its international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) at its recent spring conference in Greensboro, N.C. Vice President for Public Safety Maureen S. Rush, Police Chief Mark J. Dorsey, Lt. Gary Heller and Sgt. Christian VanDerVort attended the conference and accepted the award on behalf of the department.

UPPD became the first internationally accredited campus police agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when it received its initial accreditation award on March 26, 2001.  The department was re-accredited by CALEA in March 2004.  A total of 574 law enforcement agencies and 38 campus police agencies across the United States are also currently accredited by CALEA.

“The department achieved accreditation after a review conducted by a CALEA team of assessors which analyzed all aspects of UPPD’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services,”  Ms. Rush stated.

“Verification by the team that the Penn Police Department met the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards was part of a voluntary process to retain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Ms. Rush added.

Penn’s Police Department had to comply with 446 standards in order to gain accredited status. By obtaining accredited status, “The UPPD remains among an elite group of professional law enforcement agencies that have demonstrated excellence and professionalism in the delivery of law enforcement services to the community which it serves,” Ms. Rush said.

The accreditation program manager for the UPPD is Karen B. Shepard, a member of CALEA’s staff.  Ms. Shepard said that the assessment team was composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies.  The assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed individuals, and visited offices and other places where compliance was observed.  Once the Commission’s assessors completed their review of the agency, they reported back to the full Commission, which then granted the UPPD accredited status at the Greensboro meeting, Ms. Shepard said.

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

More information regarding CALEA is available by writing the Commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

Almanac - April 10, 2007, Volume 53, No. 29