The Virginia Tech Police Department was recently awarded accreditation through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

IACLEA accreditation is awarded for a three-year period. The accreditation will be formally recognized at the association’s annual conference to be held in Charlotte in June 2011.

“The IACLEA accreditation recognizes that our police department conforms to the highest professional standards specific to campus law enforcement,” said Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum. “These high standards are essential to the success of our police department fulfilling its mission to protect Virginia Tech students, faculty, [amd] staff.”

In addition to the IACLEA accreditation, the Virginia Tech Police Department has received four consecutive re-accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Incorporated (CALEA), last awarded in 2009.

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.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.