A team of Assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will arrive at Missouri University of Science and Technology on June 15 to examine all aspects of the Missouri S&T Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support services, Chief Christy Laughlin announced today (Thursday, May 1).
“Verification by the team that the Missouri S&T Police Department 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,” Laughlin says.
Missouri S&T faculty, staff and students, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 573-341-6755 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, June 16. Comments will be taken by the IACLEA assessment team.
Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. The IACLEA Accreditation Standards Manual is available online at www.iaclea.org.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Missouri S&T Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117-2507.
“The assessment team is composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from out of state,” says Christie Wilson, compliance coordinator and accreditation manager. “The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed.”
The assessment team will include Gerald W. Schoenle Jr., chief of police at State University of New York at Buffalo, who will serve as team leader, and E. Preston Oldham, a lieutenant in the Wake Forest University Police Department.
“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,” Wilson says.
Accreditation is for four years, during which time the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.