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AACC Public Safety Department Receives Reaccreditation

Dec. 13, 2011

            Anne Arundel Community College’s Department of Public Safety earned reaccreditation for three years from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators on Dec. 7. The reaccreditation means the department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services meet state-of-the-art standards.

            The department was the first community college public safety agency in the nation to achieve the international accreditation in 2008 and is still the only college or university in Maryland with the accreditation status. The three-year accreditation recognizes the department’s use of best practices in campus law enforcement. The department had to demonstrate that it was in full compliance with 236 applicable standards to become accredited.

            The accrediting agency sent a team of assessors to campus Oct. 16 to examine all aspects of the department, review written materials gathered during a two-year preparation period, interview individuals about the department and visit offices and other sites to witness compliance with ICLEA standards.

            “We at AACC know the excellence that our officers demonstrate in carrying out their jobs every day,” said AACC President Martha A. Smith, Ph.D. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and further validates our Public Safety Department through international recognition.”

            The department has also applied for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. That group, which typically accredits sworn law enforcement agencies, has launched a new accreditation process for college and university agencies. AACC is the first U.S. higher education institution to apply for the new accreditation. A team of assessors will visit the Arnold campus in spring 2012 to verify the department’s compliance with 294 standards.

            “This process will provide opportunities to further enhance public safety within the educational environment through the incorporation of standards used by other public safety entities,” said Chief Gary Lyle, director of AACC’s Public Safety department. The department has 28 officers and serves the Arnold campus and off-campus classroom buildings at Arundel Mills in Hanover and at the Glen Burnie Town Center.

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 began celebrating its 50th Anniversary this fall.

About the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy and professional development. IACLEA membership represents more than 1,200 colleges and universities in 20 countries as well as 2,000 individuals who are campus law enforcement staffers, criminal justice faculty members and municipal chiefs of police.