A team of Assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators will arrive Nov. 13 to examine all aspects of the West Virginia University Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support services, WVU Police Chief Bob Roberts announced today.

Verification by the team that the WVU Police Departments meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, he said.

University members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 304-293-7456 on Monday, Nov. 14 between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. The Assessor Team will take their comments.

Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the WVU Police Department Main Office, 3305 University Services Center. Please contact Darlene Stevens at 304-293-3136 to view the standards.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the WVU Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117-2507.

“The West Virginia University Police Department has to comply with 236 standards in order to achieve accredited status,” Chief Roberts said, “Accreditation is the current measurement for a professional organization, and the West Virginia University Police Department would like to be recognized for leading the way in our state.”

The Accreditation Manager for the WVU Police Department is Assistant to the Chief Kate Van Sant. She said the Assessment Team is composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from out-of-state. The Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. The Assessors are: Commander Mark Bucalo (ret.) of the Buffalo Grove, Illinois Police Department, Team Leader; Chief John E. Dean of the University of North Florida Police Department, and Director Peter A. Agnesi of Broward College. Once the Assessors complete their review of the department, they will report back to IACLEA, which will then decide if the department is to be granted accredited status, Van Sant said.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

CONTACT: Chief Bob Roberts, WVU Police Department
304-293-3136