The SMU Police Department has been reaccredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). The department received notice in a letter dated Nov. 28, 2017, in which IACLEA President David Bousquet commended the SMU Police “for demonstrating a commitment to the highest professional practices.”
IACLEA determines fitness for accreditation by measuring 215 core and elective standards organized under 18 chapters – ranging from organization and administration, to training and professional development, to crime prevention and community involvement. A department must maintain “the best professional requirements and practices for campus public safety agencies” to qualify.
The reaccreditation culminates a voluntary process by which a visiting assessment team has verified that the department meets IACLEA’s standards. The team examined all aspects of SMU Police Department policy, procedures, management, operation and support services.
The assessment team was composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from outside of Texas. Capt. Gary Heller, Amtrak Police Department (team leader), and Capt. John K. Jacobs, University of Richmond, served as the initial assessors.
The accreditation process has five stages: application, self-assessment, agency evaluation, commission review, and maintenance and reaccreditation. Accreditation is for four years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.