The Leading Authority For Campus Public Safety

Mission & History

Mission & History

Core Purpose: To advance campus public safety

Mission: The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) advances public safety for educational institutions by providing training, research, advocacy, accreditation, education, and professional services. IACLEA is the leading authority for campus public safety. 

History: The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), was initially formulated by 11 college and university security directors. They came together on November 6, 1958, on the Arizona State University campus to discuss job challenges and mutual problems and specifically to create a clearinghouse for information and issues that campus directors across the country shared.

Today IACLEA is the leading authority for campus public safety. Our members represent campus law enforcement and security issues before law and policy makers, higher education officials, and members of the public around the globe. In 2018, IACLEA celebrated its 60th anniversary during the Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. Check out some of the highlights over the years in the graphic below. 


IACLEA has more than 4,200 members at more than 1,000 colleges and universities in 11 countries. As the profession has changed, so have IACLEA offerings.

Our signature programs include:

Training: IACLEA's Annual Conference features a first-class educational program, networking, and products and services exposition. Additionally, we offer training on “hot topics” through our Emerging Issues training series, and we provide regional training. Our Distance Learning program offers webinars year-round on the full range of public safety concerns, and we produce leadership development training to support future policing executives.

Accreditation: IACLEA Accreditation constitutes the recognition that a department conforms to the highest professional standards for campus law enforcement and protective services.

Government Relations: IACLEA members provide their expertise to federal, state, and local lawmakers, policymakers, and federal administration representatives. As experts in campus public safety, we strive to ensure policy at all levels helps us keep our officers and communities safe.

Communications & Publications: The Association's quarterly Campus Law Enforcement Journal is the premier professional publication for campus public safety officials. The Bulletin is a weekly newsletter distributed to members on Wednesdays. Please also visit our Newsroom on our website for the latest updates. IACLEA is active on social media to inform our members and share their achievements. And Association leaders are frequently quoted in the media.


Photo Credit: Mike Ritter 

Member Resources

CONNECTIONS is IACLEA's member community featuring peer networking and a full library of resources for the betterment of campus public safety.