Nov 06, 2019
The Trinity University Police Department held a campuswide celebration on October 15 to hail its achievement of initial IACLEA Accreditation, earned earlier in 2019.
More than 80 campus community members attended the event, during which they were serenaded by an all-woman mariachi band and enjoyed cakes decorated with the IACLEA Accreditation logo. Michael Parks, IACLEA Accreditation Commissioner and chief of police at the University of Texas Health-San Antonio, delivered remarks to the gathering recognizing the hard work required by the agency to achieve accreditation and the benefits that accrue to accredited agencies. Trinity University Vice President for Finance and Administration Gary Logan lauded the officers and staff for achieving IACLEA Accreditation.
Chief Paul J. Chapa explained that the strong turnout by the campus community came as a surprise to many officers and staff. He related that one officer said to him, “I didn’t realize the support we have on the campus.”
State Senator Pete Flores, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenbirg, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and other community leaders congratulated the police force in the video below.
The IACLEA Accreditation came after the agency's 2014 accreditation by the Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA). For the TPCA credential, the agency applied 166 best practices standards created by Texas Law Enforcement. Chief Chapa explained that as proud as he was of the Texas recognition, he pursued IACLEA Accreditation because he wanted the Trinity University Police Department to be recognized as a national leader.
Chief Chapa explained, “In my 28-year journey in higher ed policing, this is definitely a milestone in my career. I am so proud of each and every member of our department and their commitment to our motto: Proactive, Progressive, Professional.”
Recognizing professional accomplishments “is not something that law enforcement does well,” said Chief Chapa, and he encouraged other agencies to share the news about their accredited status to educate the community about the positive achievements of campus public safety agencies and accreditation’s impact on campus safety.
To encourage agencies to educate their stakeholders about their achievements, the IACLEA Accreditation team is developing a Recognition Toolkit to provide agencies with ideas and resources to promote accreditation within their agency, to their campus community, the media, and city or town. The Toolkit will be ready for release in December and will be disseminated to all IACLEA accredited agencies.
IACLEA thanks our friends at Corporate Partner D. Stafford & Associates for their generous sponsorship of IACLEA Accreditation.