The University Police Department has received an accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies. The accreditation was confirmed last week and will be formally celebrated at IACLEA’s conference this summer.

In August, UMPD was reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

IACLEA was created by a number of university and college security directors in 1958, and focuses on improving safety on college campuses.

Joe Piersante, UMPD chief and interim executive director for public safety and security, said the department is proud to be accredited by two highly regarded accrediting agencies.

“We know that the daily work of our officers to help keep our campus community a safe environment is exemplary,” Piersante said. “These two accreditation awards officially affirm that work.”

In 2009, UMPD was the first police department of all Big 10 schools to achieve the CALEA accreditation.

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