The West Virginia University Police Department has become the state's first campus force to receive accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), according to a new release from WVU.
The police department is also the 35th out of 1,200 member colleges and universities to receive accreditation, officials said.
"Accreditation requires that procedures are documented and that personnel are given clear guidance," Chief Bob Roberts said. "It makes it easier to hire and keep qualified personnel and ensures that they receive proper training and function according to established policies and procedures. Accreditation also assures the university administration, faculty and staff, the community and local law enforcement of the quality of services our University Police Department provides."
The accreditation process, which is voluntary, involved an on-site visit last December by a team "which audited the police department's operations and administrative functions to determine compliance with more than 200 standards."
Officials said assessors examined all aspects of the department's management, support services, and operations, as well as received comments from the campus community, during their visit.
Although the accreditation is valid for four years, the re-accreditation process has already begun, according to the news release.
The police department will receive the accreditation certificate in June at IACLEA's annual conference.