PHILADELPHIA â€” The University of Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Police Department has been awarded international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. and was selected as a â€śflagship agencyâ€ť among its peers.
To earn accreditation, UPPD was required to comply with 463 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices.
â€śRetaining CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process,â€ť Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety at Penn, said. â€śOnly 46 other campus police agencies and 592 other law-enforcement organizations across the U.S. have attained this highly prized recognition. Earning this accreditation for the third time in a row and being chosen as a flagship agency demonstrates that UPPD continually exceeds a standard of excellence in law enforcement.â€ť
After a rigorous three-day, on-site assessment of policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services, CALEA officials concluded that the UPPD surpassed the required standards and designated UPPD as a â€śflagship agency,â€ť one that exemplifies outstanding professionalism and community relations. The evaluation process also included a town hall meeting that was open to members of the community and a ride-along with UPPD officers to observe daily routines.
â€śEarning the accredited status illustrates that Pennâ€™s Police Department follows a model of distinction thatâ€™s ingrained in our day-to-day activities,â€ť said Gary Heller, the commanding officer of UPPDâ€™s Accreditation and Training Unit.
UPPD is the only university police department in Pennsylvania to have received accreditation.
â€śThis prestigious recognition highlights the efforts of the dedicated members of UPPD and how they are always working to fulfill the local engagement principle in the Penn Compact,â€ť Mark Dorsey, Penn chief of police, said. â€śWe are proud of this achievement and remain focused on our goal of being the best that we can be for our community.â€ť