ASU's UPD hopes to renew accreditation

ASU's UPD hopes to renew accreditation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The University Police Department at Arkansas State University is in the process of getting reaccredited.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) arrived on campus on Sunday and began their review of the UPD.

That review includes 189 standards, which includes the department's policies, procedures, how cases are handled and how complaints are handled.

Chief Randy Martin said the assessors closely watch the officers on patrol.

"They ride with our officers to see if they're doing the things we said they do," Chief Martin told Region 8 News.

Chief Martin believes this accreditation reaffirms the department's commitment to professional standards.

"It helps officers to know they're doing things the right way," Chief Martin said. "Our community benefits from having a professional police department that responds appropriately to their needs"

Chief Martin said at the end of the day, he's proud of his officers.

"It takes a commitment. It takes a culture that you have to build in the department," Chief Martin said. "They actually want to, because they want to provide good service to the community."

The department has been accreditation for 6 years. Three of those years were under CALEA.

UPD has more than 25 employees. 20 of them are officers.

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