FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug 17, 2010 #074
Contact: Captain J. Rucinski
UMKC Police Department receives accreditation
Michael Bongartz, Chief of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Police Department (UMKCPD) recently announced that the UMKCPD was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), at its international conference held in July.
Accredited status acknowledges that the UMKCPD meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards as part of a voluntary process, which is a recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. Accreditation examines and certifies all aspects of the Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.
In April 2010, the UMKCPD underwent a rigorous on-site accreditation process, where a team of assessors reviewed written materials, interviewed officers, held a public hearing and visited offices within the Police Department, evaluating the department for compliance. The team of assessors was composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, out-of-state agencies.
The full Commission formally recognized the University of Missouri-Kansas City Police Department with accredited status.
"The accreditation status is for a period of three years during which the agency must submit annual reports, attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited," said UMKCPD Captain Joseph Rucinski, Accreditation Program Manager, Support Operations.
CALEA currently has 578 accredited Law Enforcement agencies, which accounts for roughly 5 percent of the nation's law enforcement community. Of those, only 48 university police departments in the United States have CALEA accreditation. The UMKCPD joins the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-St Louis Police Departments as the only university police agencies in Missouri to garner accreditation status from CALEA.
"This accomplishment demonstrates the Police Department's commitment to excellence and its continuing effort to provide a consistently high level of service to the students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus," said Bongartz.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.
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