December 14, 2004
Cal State Fullerton Police Receive National Accreditation
Cal State Fullerton's University Police Department has been reaccredited
by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
Inc. The public safety agency was awarded a full three-year accreditation
at the organization's winter meeting Dec. 4 in Austin, Texas.
When first accredited in 2001, CSUF's police force was the first
in the CSU system to be accredited by the commission.
“This is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional
excellence,” noted Chief Judi King. “We are proud to have achieved
this honor, which acknowledges the high quality of the service
provided by our employees.”
As part of the accreditation process, assessors of the Fairfax,
Va., organization visited the campus in August, held a public hearing
and on-site assessment of all aspects of the department's policy
and procedures, management, operations and support services to
verify that the university meets the commission's standards.
“The California State University, Fullerton Police Department
is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing its partnership
with the university community through a variety of programs,” reported
Peter A. Agnesi, chief of police for Avon, Conn., and assessment
team leader. “All members of the agency were extremely courteous,
knowledgeable and professional throughout the on-site process.
The quality of services provided to the university community and
surrounding agencies was extremely high.”
Other members of the assessment team were Blythe B. Fausto, captain
of the Arizona State University Department of Public Safety, and
Wes Jordan, lieutenant of the Prairie Village, Kan., Police Department.
As part of the assessment team's overall review, the high quality
of the University Police's efforts were noted in the areas of emergency
management, homeland security endeavors, cooperative advanced training,
effective crime prevention program, record-keeping procedures and
public information material prepared for the reaccreditation visit.
Of University Police's 29 full-time employees, 21 are sworn police
officers who have received training through accredited police academies.
They operate with similar responsibilities and authority as officers
in municipal and county law enforcement agencies.
“Our common goal,” noted King, “is to assure that our campus is
a safe place to study, teach, work, reside and visit.”
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