Police Services has received law enforcement accreditation seven consecutive times since 1991 from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In 2013 Police Services received the Advanced Accreditation with Excellence Award from CALEA. The Excellence Award required the agency to submit to the more demanding Gold Standard assessment format that focuses primarily on processes and outcomes associated with standards specific to agency policies.
Police Services has previously been recognized as a Flagship Agency for three consecutive accreditation cycles (nine years). The Excellence Award replaced the Flagship designation making Kent State Police Services the only CALEA accredited agency to receive the highest award available for an unprecedented four times and is also designated as a Meritorious Agency for having the distinction of being accredited for more than 15 years.
Kent State University Police Services was one of the first nationally accredited law enforcement agencies in Ohio and was the second university police department in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).