CSUF News Service
University Police Reaccredited With Distinction
Nov. 25, 2013
Cal State Fullerton's University Police Department has been awarded the Accreditation with Excellence Award by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Inc. The university department is the first California higher education institution to receive the Excellence Award.
The award 'provides agencies an opportunity to be further recognized for the effective use of accreditation as a model for the delivery of enhanced public safety services and management professionalism,' according to CALEA.
In addition, the campus police force was named a Flagship Agency, designating it an 'extraordinary example of excellence in an accredited law enforcement agency'; a designation it has earned during its two prior reaccreditations by CALEA.
CSUF's department was first accredited in 2001 and was the first California State University police department to receive that designation. This is the fifth reaccredition the campus force has received.
"We are honored to have received the Accreditation with Excellence Award, which recognizes the highest achievement the agency gives to a police department," said University Police Chief Dennis DeMaio. "This recognizes the drive, hard work and accomplishments of the entire department from our sworn officers and our professional staff members to our community service officers.
"It also is a fitting testimonial to the invaluable contributions by our late associate, Debbie Ellis, who has been a vital part of our accreditation process since the department was first accredited," DeMaio added.
As part of the accreditation process, an assessment team visited the campus in August, holding a public hearing and on-site assessment of all aspects of the department's policy and procedures, management, operations and support services to verify that the department meets the commission's standards.
Of University Police's 37 full-time employees, 27 are sworn police officers who have received training through accredited police academies. They operate with similar responsibilities and authority as officers in municipal and county law enforcement agencies.