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March 22: University Police Earn Accreditation From Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association

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Carnegie Mellon University Police Earn Accreditation
From Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association    

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Police Department has received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association for meeting the many policy, procedure and operation standards established as best practices by the association.     

Carnegie Mellon is the first college or university police department in Pennsylvania to earn state accreditation, and it joins the Findley Township Police Department as the only state-accredited forces in Allegheny County. There are 45 state-accredited police departments in the commonwealth.    

Carnegie Mellon Police received the accreditation following an extensive review of the department's operations manual and an intensive two-day, on-site assessment and inspection by representatives of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The visit included an inspection of their facilities, interviews with police officers and dispatchers, examinations of personnel files and case records, vehicle inspections, and ride-alongs with on-duty patrols.

"There are 123 standards and 184 sub-standards that must be met for accreditation, everything from dress code to use of force and securing a crime scene," said Carnegie Mellon Police Chief Creig Doyle. "You also must show evidence that the department is following proper procedure and supporting its written policies, procedures and operations with appropriate actions. You can't just say you do it right, you have to prove it."

The Accreditation Commission's Assessment Team Leader David Holl commended Carnegie Mellon Police for the quality and depth of its written operations manual, service, attention to details and commitment to the university community.

"The Carnegie Mellon University Police Department is a mission-oriented law enforcement and police services organization dedicated to excellence in the delivery of policing services," Holl wrote in his report.     

Doyle credited Lt. John Race for leading the department's accreditation effort and emphasized the support from the university's administration as an integral component of his department's success.

"Without the administration's support of our efforts and the new facility they've renovated for us, we would have never received accreditation," Doyle said. "There were many physical requirements, such as a secure evidence room and an audio- and video-monitored interview room, that were required. We would have never passed this test in our previous headquarters."    

Carnegie Mellon Police moved from its location in the now-demolished Student Center to its offices at 300 S. Craig Street in January 2006.     

Carnegie Mellon's Police Department includes 24 police officers, 37 security guards, 12 shuttle escort drivers, five dispatchers and one administrative associate.

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