The police department at Missouri University of Science and Technology has been accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Inc. (IACLEA), an association that represents campus public safety leaders at more than 1,200 institutions of higher education.
“Our IACLEA accreditation speaks to our department’s professionalism,” says University Police Chief Christine Laughlin. “Our staff has worked hard on this since May of 2010. Much time was spent writing policies on a variety of issues, including use of force, community relations, ethics, training, investigations – basically all the functions of a police department.”
A team of assessors from IACLEA visited the campus on June 25 and examined all aspects of the department, including policy and procedures, management, operation and support services. The Missouri S&T police department had to comply with 239 standards to achieve accredited status.
Accreditation is for a three-year period, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.