Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.
Law enforcement accreditation is a method and an ongoing process to ensure that the University Police Department is in compliance with national "best practices" in policing covering all aspects of law enforcement policies, procedures, and operations. Accreditation makes a statement to other law enforcement agencies, professions, and the university community that the University Police Department meets the highest standards of professionalism.
The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association introduced the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to the Commonwealth in July 2001. The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives to provide a reasonable and cost effective plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth.
The Carnegie Mellon University Police Department became the first State accredited university police agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when it received its initial accreditation award on March 10, 2007 - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The department was in full compliance with all applicable standards in order to attain accredited status. The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program contains 123 standards and 184 sub-standards.
On July 17, 2013, the PLEAC Commission voted unanimously to re-accredit the Carnegie Mellon University Police Department for the second time. The department was again in full compliance with all applicable standards which now number 132. The re-accreditation process repeats every three years.
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