UNH Police Department Earns Second Accreditation
By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
July 9, 2008
Chief Paul Dean, Chief Nicholas Halias and Deputy Chief Paul Kopreski accept a certificate of accreditation on behalf of the University of New Hampshire Police Department from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. (Courtesy photo)
Less than a year after the UNH Police Department earned accreditation from
the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA),
an organization aimed at improving the delivery of public safety, it received
a second recognition of accreditation from the International Association of
Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).
Seven agencies previously accredited by CALEA – including the UNH Police
Department -- voluntarily elected to pursue IACLEA accreditation though an
accelerated process of “comparative compliance.” There are only
13 university/college law enforcement agencies in the nation that have both
IACLEA and CALEA accreditation certification, and just 41 that are CALEA accredited.
As the leading voice for the campus public safety community, IACLEA launched
its accreditation program in 2006. The national accreditation standards, established
by CALEA, provide the basis for IACLEA accreditation. IACLEA has designated
more than 200 standards which are required for accreditation, as well as created
a body of standards specific to the unique responsibilities of campus public
The award of accreditation was presented at the recent 50th Anniversary IACLEA
Annual Conference in Hartford, Connecticut. Also recognized were California
State University at Northridge Police Department, Wake Forest University Police
Department, California State University at Fullerton Police Department, the
California State University at Los Angeles Police Department, the University
of Connecticut Police Department, the University of Florida Police Department,
the North Carolina State University Police Department, and the University of
Texas at Austin Police Department.
The accredited agencies voluntarily elected to implement policies and procedures
to comply with the applicable standards, compiled documentation confirming
their compliance with the standards, and underwent an evaluation by a team
of independent assessors, who verified their compliance.
IACLEA is an association that advances campus public safety for its more than
1,200 educational institution members and 2,000 individual members by providing
educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services.
“This second recognition of accreditation specific to the unique responsibilities
that come with public safety on a college campus is a great honor and will
continue to advance the University Police Department in its pursuit of excellence,” said
UNH Police Chief Nicholas J. Halias.
The UNH department has 19 full-time officers and 10 part-time.