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Accreditation assessment team invites public to comment on UPD

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators will have an assessment team examine all aspects of the South Dakota State University Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation and support services starting Sunday, according to SDSU Chief Tim Heaton.

“Becoming the first accredited university police department in the state and multistate region was truly an honor. We look forward to this opportunity to demonstrate that we continue to meet all national law enforcement and public safety standards,” said Heaton, who noted UPD has to comply with 216 standards to remain accredited.

Verification by the team that the SDSU Police Department meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to retain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, according to Heaton.

University members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 605-688-6272 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Monday. The IACLEA’s assessment team will take the comments. Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. The IACLEA Accreditation Standards Manual is available on the IACLEA website (

Comments about the SDSU Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may also be sent to:
IACLEA Accreditation
342 North Main Street
West Hartford, Conn. 06117-2507.

Robert Fye and Richard White will be conducted the assessment. Once they complete their review, they will report to IACLEA, which will then decide if the SDSU Police Department is to continue being accredited.

Accreditation must be renewed every four years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.