Public Hearing for Kent State University Police Department’s Reaccreditation to Be Held Aug. 1
The Kent State University Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve international reaccreditation. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), the program requires agencies to meet state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.
As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information hearing on Monday, Aug. 1, at 5:30 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Kent Student Center Alumni Suite, Room 323B. Free parking is available at any lot near the Kent Student Center. However, some lots are closed due to construction along East Summit Street.
For those unable to attend the public information session, agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 330-672-1037 on Aug. 1 between 1-3 p.m. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.
Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with the commission's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Kent State Police Department. The local contact is Kent State Police Sgt. Nancy Shefchuk, who can be reached at 330-672-3070.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Kent State Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
For more information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, visit www.calea.org.
The Kent State Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency. It 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 CALEA.
Kent State’s police department was recognized as a Flagship Agency by CALEA three times and most recently received the accreditation with excellence award. This award recognizes law enforcement agencies as extraordinary examples of excellence in law enforcement accreditation. Kent State is also designated as a Meritorious Agency for having the distinction of being accredited for more than 15 years.
For more information about the Kent State Police Department, visit www.kent.edu/police.