The Anne Arundel Community College’s Department of Public Safety is internationally accredited through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). On September 26, 2008, AACC became the first community college in the country to receive this award from IACLEA.
IACLEA currently represents over 1,200 colleges and universities located in twenty countries. Its purpose is to make college and university law enforcement and public safety departments more professional by providing educational resources, an accreditation program and professional development programs.
In December 2011, after a lengthy process, the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety successfully attained its first re-accreditation by complying with 205 standards.
The Department applied for accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in May 2011. CALEA was beginning a new Campus Security Accreditation program for non-sworn college/university agencies. CALEA was founded in 1979 and is recognized as a global leader in accreditation for law enforcement and other vital public safety support services.
On June 4, 2012, a team of CALEA assessors arrived on campus to conduct a four day assessment of the 262 standards required in the non-sworn security agency program. The Department was awarded its initial accreditation on November 17, 2012 and became the first college/university in the country to receive this distinction from CALEA for this new program.
The overall purpose of the accreditation program is to improve delivery of public safety service thorough compliance with required standards, developed by law enforcement and public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement and public safety topics. Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence.
The period of accredited status for the Department is three years. During this time, the agency must submit annual reports that document continuing compliance with applicable standards. The achievement of accreditation for the department has resulted in improvements in structure, leadership, organization, general direction, and accountability. The process of intensive self-assessment has united the department in its commitment to serve the college community through well-written policies and procedures, objective management, and conscious recognition of the need for public safety professionalism.
Major Cleveland Smith
AACC DPS Accreditation Manager