The Virginia Tech Police Department has earned its second reaccreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The department was first accredited in 2010.
IACLEA accreditation is awarded for a three-year period. The accreditation will be formally recognized at the association’s annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona in June.
“The IACLEA accreditation recognizes that our police department conforms to the highest professional standards specific to campus law enforcement,” said Virginia Tech Police Chief Kevin Foust. “These high standards are essential to the success of our police department fulfilling its mission to protect our students, employees, and visitors.”
In addition to the IACLEA accreditation, the Virginia Tech Police Department has received seven consecutive re-accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Incorporated (CALEA), last awarded in 2015.
IACLEA requires departments with CALEA accreditation to demonstrate and document nine additional standards that focus specifically on four campus enforcement and safety issues — annual campus security report, emergency access and response, physical security, and personal safety.
The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services. IACLEA is the leading voice for the campus public safety community. IACLEA membership represents more than 1,200 colleges and universities in 20 countries. In addition to the colleges and universities, which are institutional members, IACLEA has 2,200 individual memberships held by campus law enforcement staff, criminal justice faculty members, and municipal chiefs of police.
The Virginia Tech Police Department is a full-service nationally accredited agency with 50 full-time sworn police officers who have jurisdiction and legal authority on all university-owned property and a number of security guards, campus watch officers, and safe ride officers.