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SDSU Police Department receives IACLEA reaccreditation

The South Dakota State University Police Department became one of the nation’s nearly 50 departments to earn reaccreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

When it was accredited in 2017, UPD was one of only 48 campus departments to earn the international accreditation. The department remains the only internationally accredited campus law enforcement agency in South Dakota and all contiguous states.

IACLEA currently has 69 accredited agencies and SDSU is one of 48 agencies that have earned reaccreditation.

The SDSU department will be recognized during the 2022 IACLEA Annual Conference, which will be in June in Las Vegas.

UPD Chief Tim Heaton
UPD Chief Tim Heaton

“Our desire to become accredited and then to become reaccredited has not led us down an easy path but we are very proud of this accomplishment,” said UPD Chief of Police Tim Heaton, who initiated the process of accreditation. “We felt it was important to let our community know we’re a full-service professional law enforcement agency, not just campus security.”

Accreditation of a campus public safety department by IACLEA recognizes the department conforms to the highest professional standards for campus law enforcement and protective services.

The IACLEA Accreditation Commission believes the standards reflect the best professional requirements and practices for campus public safety agencies. The standards provide a framework to develop a system of professional practices in a variety of administrative and operational areas, such as organization and administration, training and career development, patrol, crime prevention and investigation, evidence collection and management, and traffic operations.

“We congratulate South Dakota State University on achieving IACLEA Accreditation, a unique distinction among campus police and public safety agencies,” said IACLEA president Patrick A. Ogden, associate vice president and police chief at the University of Delaware. “The men and women protecting your campus have proven through policy and practice the commitment to operate at the highest level of the profession.

“On behalf of the board of directors and IACLEA Accreditation Commission, I commend you and the South Dakota State University Police for demonstrating a commitment to the highest professional practices in campus public safety management, administration, operations and support services,” continued Ogden.