July 31, 2017

UCPD Achieves Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation

The University of Chicago Police Department has been re-accredited with Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation recognition by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

The UCPD was formally recognized with this distinction at the CALEA conference awards ceremony on Saturday, July 29. The UCPD first became CALEA accredited in 2014, and continues to be the only private university police department in the Midwest to have this designation.

“Receiving the CALEA accreditation again shows that the members of the UCPD perform their duties to the highest standards set in law enforcement today,” said Eric M. Heath, the University of Chicago’s Associate Vice President for Safety & Security. “I am proud of the hard work required of our officers and staff to achieve this recognition. We will continue to work hard and provide this level of service, professionalism, and commitment to our community.”

CALEA assessors visited the UCPD in April to conduct an on-site assessment that included the examination of all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed individuals, and conducted a facility inspection for evidence of compliance with CALEA standards. The assessors were also on hand to conduct public and telephone comment sessions with members of the community.

CALEA’s final report stated that the UCPD “offers a full range of professional law enforcement services to a diverse and growing community. The assessors were impressed by the agency’s commitment to the community throughout all facets of the agency’s operations. It was obvious, personnel at all levels had a sense of pride and responsibility to serve the University of Chicago.”

Accreditation is for four years, during which time the UCPD will submit annual reports and documentation demonstrating continued compliance with standards.

For more information about CALEA, visit calea.org.