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SF State University police only Calif. agency to receive two accreditations



Denize Springer
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Press Release published by the University Communications


One of only five university police departments in the country to receive accreditations from two internationally recognized law enforcement organizations

SAN FRANCISCO, July 19, 2007 -- The San Francisco State University Police Department is the only law enforcement agency in California that has received accreditation status from both the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The department is also one of only five university police agencies in the United States to achieve the prestigious accreditation from both internationally recognized enforcement organizations.

Accreditation is a voluntary process for law enforcement agencies. The SF State department completed the three-year process in only one and a half years. Assessors from three other police agencies in the country spent three days examining SFSUPD policies, procedures and practices. Agencies must be in compliance with at least 80 percent of the applicable standards. The SF State Police Department, which was in compliance with 91 percent of the standards, received the IACLEA accreditation in June 2007. It was accredited by the CALEA in November 2006.

"I am very pleased and proud of our accreditation from both CALEA and IACLEA," said Kirk Gaston, chief of the SF State Police Department. "Through each of these processes the department has demonstrated that not only do our written policies and procedures meet exacting professional standards, but that we hold ourselves accountable to those standards and remain committed to providing the highest quality of service to our community."

The San Francisco State University Police Department, which serves a campus community of approximately 32,000, is made up of 39 sworn law enforcement officers including investigators, motor officers, K-9 officers, bicycle officers, a sexual assault response team and tactical officers. Several of the SF State Police Department personnel are SF State alumni. The Department also employs between 20 to 30 students in a variety of jobs and strives to develop students both academically and professionally by providing mentoring through work experience.

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators [] is a membership organization founded in 1958 to advance public safety and provide resources, advocacy and professional development services for educational institutions. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. [] was founded in 1979 as a credentialing authority to improve the delivery of public safety services by maintaining a body of standards and recognizing professional excellence.


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