Upholding national standards: Rowan’s Department of Public Safety reaccredited by CALEA
For the second time, Rowan University’s Department of Public Safety has been granted national accreditation by CALEA, the Commission on Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
Accreditation by CALEA for the Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement excellence and means that Rowan’s department is held to the same standards as the finest law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the New Jersey State Police.
The department made history in 2010 when it became the first law enforcement agency from a New Jersey college to achieve national accreditation. The reaccreditation, which runs through 2016, requires the department to adhere to nearly 500 standards set forth by CALEA.
“Our department is always working at adhering to the top standards and best practices in policing nationwide,” says Reed Layton, senior director of public safety.
The accreditation also has helped in the student recruitment process, particularly among parents, maintains Michael Kantner, assistant vice president of public safety and Office of Emergency Management.
“The two things parents look for in a university are educational quality and safety,” says Kantner. “Our CALEA accreditation demonstrates that we’re doing everything humanly possible to adhere to the best policing standards nationwide. We’re adhering to the best practices available to provide for the Rowan community and parents of our students love that.”
CALEA accreditation addresses nine major law enforcement areas and helps law enforcement agencies strengthen crime prevention, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination and boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency, according to CALEA.
The five-step accreditation process culminated last winter, when a team of CALEA assessors spent four days on campus. The assessors determined the department’s compliance with CALEA standards, viewed the agency’s operations, and conducted a public information session.
The department, which has 34 officers, will look to become re-accredited by CALEA in 2016.