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IACLEA Forms an International Alliance with CASSTI South Africa

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) is pleased to announce a new IACLEA international alliance partner – the Campus & School Safety Training Institute (CASSTI), based in Pretoria, South Africa. The partnership is effective immediately. Work to secure this partnership has been ongoing with IACLEA’S Executive Leadership team for several months.

“The purpose of this partnership is to collaborate and jointly engage in activities designed to mutually benefit members of both organizations,” said IACLEA former Executive Director John Bernhards. “Our alliance with CASSTI will expand mutual understanding internationally, as well as global access to best practices, standards, research, professional training and leadership skills among campus public safety officers and agencies,” he added.

Under this alliance, IACLEA agrees to provide CASSTI with an IACLEA services package for up to 700 CASSTI members. In return, CASSTI members will receive nonmember access to certain IACLEA’s web services, the IACLEA Online Education Center and virtual learning and networking opportunities.

Furthermore, both IACLEA and CASSTI have agreed to send representatives to each other’s annual conferences.  IACLEA’s Annual Conference & Exposition is slated for June 27-30, 2022, at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. IACLEA representatives will be invited to deliver presentations at CASSTI’s conference scheduled for April 2022.

“With the world’s borders slowly and cautiously opening back up, we look forward to welcoming our South African partners to our Annual Conference & Exposition in six months’ time,” said IACLEA President Patrick Ogden. “This will be a terrific opportunity to showcase the word ‘international’ in our Association’s name, and we look forward to collaborating closely with CASSTI in all things campus public safety related in 2022.”

"On behalf of CASSTI Board, we are extremely excited about the strategic platform this partnership with IACLEA will provide for our Safety and Security Research Chair at Tshwane University of Technology in driving 740 universities towards a common focus point for Institutions of higher learning in Africa,” said CASSTI Managing Director Stephen Ngobeni.

“It is a huge step towards establishing a uniform and impactful crime prevention strategies and gender-based violence programs across the continent through the research chair. This will also enable a strong supporting role and empowerment for various Associations and Societies on the (African) continent. Our team is looking forward to attending the IACLEA conference in June,” Ngobeni added.

Throughout this one-year alliance, authorized representatives of IACLEA and CASSTI agree to meet regularly to discuss potential joint programming and service offerings, both online and in person, that address law enforcement and public safety issues and training areas. The partners also agree to discuss opportunities to expand common standards of practice and campus safety policies as well as explore the possibility of expanding availability of the IACLEA accreditation program to higher education institutions in South Africa, creating an international learning exchange program between the two organizations, and engaging in shared research and leadership development activities.

“This is an ambitious agenda for the year ahead, but we are confident that the best way to move our Association forward is by collaborating with our peers in other parts of the world. We look forward to sharing news with you about this international alliance throughout 2022,” said IACLEA President-Elect John Ojeisekhoba, who played a major role to negotiate and kickstart this alliance.

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