Campus: CSU, Los Angeles -- January 10, 2002


Cal State L.A.'s Police Department Receives National Accreditation

Having met the requirements of a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of law enforcement standards, the Cal State L.A. Police Department was nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. along with 72 other law enforcement agencies from throughout the country on November 17, 2001.

The accreditation represents the satisfactory completion of a process of thorough, agency-wide self-evaluation, concluded by an exacting outside review by a team of independent assessors. It also represents the agency's acceptance of the obligation to continue the quest for professional excellence. Accreditation is for three years during which our agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which we were initially accredited.

This is an historic time for Cal State L.A. and for the California State University system. Prior to November 17, there was only one accredited university police department in the state of California--UC San Francisco. Now CSU Fullerton and Cal State L.A. have been added to the list.

"Our transformation has been nothing short of remarkable; we are not the same people we were two years ago. There is no question that we have raised the bar of professionalism in our agency and in university policing. We have institutionalized an inspection system of checks and balances that will enable us to sustain this level of professionalism and dedication to the accreditation process in preparation for reaccreditation in just three short years," noted University Police Chief Gregory D. King at Cal State L.A.

Individuals who would like further information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., may write to the Commission at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201, or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

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