Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public To Comment

A team of Assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will arrive on Saturday, April 14, 2012 to examine all aspects of the University of Western Ontario Campus Community Police Service policy and procedures, management, operation, and support services, Elgin Austen announced today.

Verification by the team that Campus Community Police Service meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, he said.

University members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 519-661-3400 on Monday, April 16, 2012 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.

Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Campus Community Police Service reception. Please contact Staff Sergeant Michael Mics at 519-661-3300 to view the standards.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Campus Community Police Service’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117-2507.

The Campus Community Police Service has to comply with 239 standards, in order to achieve accredited status, Elgin Austen said. Acquiring and maintaining international standards will ensure the practices and accountabilities of Campus Police at Western remain consistent with the best universities in North America.

The Accreditation Manager for Campus Community Police Service is Staff Sergeant Michael Mics. He said the Assessment Team is composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from the United States. The University of Western Ontario Campus Police was the first Canadian agency to achieve IACLEA accreditation. The Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. The Assessors are: Mark Bucalo, Team Leader; and Cleveland Smith. Once the Assessors complete their review of the department, they will report back to IACLEA, which will then decide if the department is to be granted accredited status, Staff Sergeant Michael Mics said.

Accreditation is for three (3) years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.