Virginia Tech Police Department reaccredited by Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
December 3, 2019
The Virginia Tech Police Department has earned its eighth consecutive reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The department was first accredited in 1995.
The reaccreditation follows four annual remote assessments and a meticulous site-based assessment of Virginia Tech Police Department’s community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment, and facilities by CALEA assessors. The accreditation is awarded for a four-year period.
The purpose of CALEA is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The voluntary accreditation process reflects a public safety agency’s commitment to meeting professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.
“The Virginia Tech Police Department’s continued CALEA accreditation is representative of the department’s pledge to maintaining the highest standards of campus law enforcement. This recognition is inherent to the overall mission of our organization and to deepening the culture of safety and security at the university,” said Virginia Tech Police Chief Mac Babb.
The Virginia Tech Police Department is a full-service, nationally accredited police agency that provides the same level of service offered by municipal police departments, as well as other services unique to an academic institution.
The department is responsible for the well-being of more than 50,000 students, employees, and visitors at Virginia Tech, 24-hours-a-day. Virginia Tech Police works closely with administrators, students, and employees to create and maintain a secure atmosphere. The department also oversees the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad.
Virginia Tech Police employs 55 full-time sworn police officers as well as eight security guards, six security center representatives, along with administrative staff and Safe Ride drivers.
The department maintains strong collaboration with local law enforcement agencies in Montgomery County and across the region, as well as the Virginia State Police.