Jan 28, 2019
IACLEA is pleased to announce that the Texas Woman’s University (TWU) Department of Public Safety (DPS) has joined the ranks of only 1.5 percent of university police departments to achieve accreditation.
The accreditation process includes reviews of policies and procedures ranging from file maintenance to critical incident management. Following commissioners’ site visit last summer, the assessment team found the university’s DPS to be in compliance with all applicable standards.
“We are thrilled to achieve the IACLEA Accreditation because it demonstrates an extraordinary commitment from our officers and administrators to uphold the highest standards of law enforcement—and that translates to a safer campus environment,” said Samuel Garrison, executive director of public safety at TWU.
The TWU DPS covers campuses in Denton, Dallas, and Houston and consists of 21 sworn positions, 12 non-sworn security officer positions, and 13 support staff personnel.
Autumn Stinchcomb, Clery compliance officer and accreditation manager for the TWU DPS, said the process has increased professionalism within the department.
“Being IACLEA accredited allows us to be recognized in the community as an agency that follows standardized best practices,” she said.
“It demonstrates our commitment to safety and professionalism as a whole. We are a better and more modernized department because of the thorough accreditation requirements and process,” said Stinchcomb.
IACLEA Accreditation is for a four-year period. The campus police department must submit annual reports during that time.
“By achieving accreditation, the Texas Woman’s University Police Department has demonstrated that it belongs among the elite ranks of campus public safety agencies,” said Jerry Murphy, IACLEA director of professional services. “By going through a rigorous process of self-assessment and allowing a group of peers to review agency policies, training, and practices, the department has shown that it complies with standards representing best practices in campus public safety. The TWU campus community should be proud that its police department is committed to the continuous improvement that is a hallmark of IACLEA’s Accreditation program.”
For more information on how your agency can join the ranks of accredited agencies, visit https://www.iaclea.org/accreditation or contact Jerry Murphy, director of professional services, 202-618-4545, firstname.lastname@example.org
This article was adapted from a news story prepared by Karen Garcia, Texas Woman's University.