CCSU NEWS RELEASE
CCSU Police Awarded Prestigious Accreditation
2nd CT higher ed institution police force to earn it
Janice Palmer, CCSU Media Relations, email@example.com (O) 860.832.1791 (C) 860.538.2649
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Nov. 26, 2013
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – The Central Connecticut State University Police Department has earned one of the highest designations for professional excellence. Following a rigorous review, Central’s 29-member police department has achieved accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
Accreditation marks successful compliance with a nationally recognized body of standards deemed essential to the protection of the life, safety, health, and rights of citizens. The Commission examined all aspects of the CCSU Police Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. Central received an arduous on-site assessment by a team of CALEA-trained assessors which reviewed policy, observed procedures, interviewed personnel and sought input from the public. The team’s final report formed the basis for a post-assessment hearing before the Commission. In all, the CCSU Police Department successfully met 188 standards and became only the second university police department in Connecticut, joining UConn’s, to earn the CALEA stamp of approval.
“Accreditation not only brings a sense of accomplishment to our agency, it should also increase confidence of the CCSU community that the Department’s goals, objectives, policies, and practices meet the highest of standards,” said Chris Cervoni, CCSU Police Chief.
CCSU President Jack Miller said he was “very gratified” that the CCSU Police Department had achieved the CALEA accreditation. “I know they work very hard to meet the standards because we all know that doing so will help to ensure the safety and security of the CCSU campus community,” Miller said. “It is not too much to say,” Miller continued, “that their work to achieve accreditation helped prepare the University to handle the recent emergency situation as exceptionally well as it did.”
The accreditation designation lasts for three years, during which time the CCSU Police Department must submit annual reports attesting to its continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. CALEA presented CCSU Police with its prestigious Certificate of Accreditation at this year’s conference in North Carolina on November 16.
CALEA is an independent, nonprofit organization, founded by its four law enforcement membership associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriff’s Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum.