Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
To qualify for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) the Virginia Tech Police Department voluntarily adheres to 489 professional standards in policies and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The rigorous review process is designed to demonstrate the department's commitment to excellence in law enforcement.
The department has been awarded reaccreditation every three years since it was first accredited in 1995.
During its three-year accreditation award cycle, the agency must maintain compliance with applicable standards, keep its proofs of compliance up-to-date, and live by the letter and spirit of those standards. To retain its accredited status, the agency is required to submit an annual report to CALEA.
Virginia Tech is one of only 69 university police departments accredited across the country and one of only 13 university police departments to have earned the “Meritorious Advanced Accreditation with Excellence.
Most recent accreditation - November 2015
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) requires departments with CALEA accreditation to demonstrate and document nine additional standards that focus specifically on four campus enforcement and safety issues — annual campus security report, emergency access and response, physical security, and personal safety.
The department was first accredited in 2010. IACLEA accreditation is awarded for a three-year period.
- Most recent accreditation - March 2016
- Read the Virginia Tech News article.
For more information about the department's accreditation, contact Denise Linkenhoker, accreditation and records coordinator, at 540-231-1251.