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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Sept. 19, 2011
Education/Law Enforcement

      The public is invited to comment in October by phone or in writing on the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety’s ability to comply with international campus law enforcement standards as part of the re-accreditation process.

      The department was awarded initial accreditation in September 2008 from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA.) A team of IACLEA assessors will visit AACC on Oct. 16 to examine all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operation and support services, said AACC Public Safety Department Director Gary Lyle.

      The assessors will take comments at 410-777-1278 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17. Mail written comments directly to: IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117-2507.

      “I am committed to fiscal accountability and ensuring that the department maintains a workforce with the professional capabilities necessary to meet the demands of public safety, today and tomorrow,” Lyle said. “To that end, the department has applied for re-accreditation with IACLEA.”

      Verification that the department meets IACLEA’s 187 state-of-the-art standards is part of the voluntary re-accreditation process. Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, Lyle said. A copy of the 187 standards is available at the department, which is located in the Central Services Building on the Arnold campus. Contact department Deputy Director Cleveland Smith at 410-777-1190 to view the standards.

      Smith is the Accreditation Manager for the department. He said the assessment team is composed of experienced, out-of-state campus law enforcement professionals. The assessors -- team leader Capt. Gary Heller, Amtrak Police Department, and Dr. Richard Martin, Mercer University School of Continuing & Professional Studies -- will review written materials, interview individuals and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed.

      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.

About Anne Arundel Community College
Anne Arundel Community College is an award-winning, fully accredited public two-year institution serving approximately 53,000 students each year through classes offered at more than 100 sites in Anne Arundel County or online. National and regional award-winning studies can lead to a degree, certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. AACC celebrates its 50th Anniversary beginning this fall.