Public Safety achieves national reaccreditation from CALEA

Public Safety achieves national reaccreditation from CALEA

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For the second time, Rowan University’s Department of Public Safety has achieved reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). 

The gold standard of public safety professional excellence, accreditation by CALEA means that Rowan’s department adheres to the same standards as the finest law enforcement agencies in the nation. To achieve accreditation, the department was required to demonstrate compliance with 484 standards that address nine major areas of law enforcement.

In 2011, Rowan Public Safety made history when it became the first law enforcement agency from a New Jersey college to gain national accreditation from CALEA. The department was reaccredited in 2014 and this year.

Senior Director of Public Safety Reed Layton, who oversees the department’s accreditation team, was notified last month by the CALEA Board of Commissioners that Rowan’s department had been reaccredited. The department achieved perfect scores on all of the standards, according to Layton.

“The whole department pitches in every single day to ensure that we are adhering to CALEA standards, which are the finest processes and procedures in law enforcement,” Layton says.

CALEA accreditation 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 November, when a pair of CALEA assessors conducted a campus site visit. The assessors determined the department’s compliance with CALEA standards, viewed the agency’s operations, and conducted a public information session.

Across all campuses, Rowan’s Department of Public Safety, which two years ago became the first department at a New Jersey institution to require officers to use body cameras, includes 34 police officers, 58 security officers, 27 communications and support personnel and 22 student patrol members.

In 2016, the department responded to more than 45,000 calls for service across all campuses. Calls for service have doubled over the past five years, according to Layton.

Later this year, the department will begin the process of seeking accreditation from another law enforcement association--the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). 

IACLEA Accreditation constitutes recognition that a department conforms to the highest professional standards for campus law enforcement and protective services as they fulfill their mission to protect students, faculty, staff, and the millions of yearly visitors to colleges and universities.