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Department of Public Safety Accreditation

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, the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety received its initial international accreditation and became the first community college in the country to receive this distinction from IACLEA.

The overall purpose of the accreditation program is to improve delivery of public safety service thorough compliance with 205 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.

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 September 2014, after a lengthy process, the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety successfully attained its second reaccreditation.

The period of accredited status for the Department is four 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