The Department of Campus Safety at York College of Pennsylvania was recently informed that it was awarded accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The process toward this notable achievement began more than three years ago. This included a recent three day site visit by a team of trained assessors from around the country who reviewed all the department’s policies and proofs of compliance, conducted observations of operations, went on ride-alongs with officers and interviewed campus and community members.
York College becomes only the third college or university in Pennsylvania, and fifty first in the country to be awarded accreditation by IACLEA.
The awarding of accreditation demonstrates that the Department adheres to “the highest professional practices in campus public safety management, administration, operations, and support services” according to David Bousquet, the President of the IACLEA Accreditation Commission. The Department of Campus Safety had to comply with 215 standards covering such topics as Clery Act and Title IX compliance, recruitment, training, patrol operations, use of force, investigative services, communications and crime prevention.
“We all believed that working toward this goal would make us a better and more professional department and perhaps even more importantly, would demonstrate to our campus community that we do the right thing, in the right way, when they need our services” said Director Ed Bruder.
The IACLEA accreditation commission is a 12-member panel that is representative of two- and four-year institutions, public and private colleges and six geographic regions within the U.S. IACLEA represents campus public safety leaders at more than 1,200 institutions of higher education and offers IACLEA Accreditation to colleges and university law enforcement, security, and public safety departments.
The accreditation period is for four years, during which time the Department of Campus Safety must continue to submit annual reports attesting to ongoing compliance with the accreditation standards.
The Department of Campus Safety at York College includes sworn campus law enforcement officers, professional and student security officers, dispatchers, office support staff, and transportation drivers. The department works closely with students, faculty, staff and community members to create partnerships that keep the campus a safe place to live and learn.