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Accreditation assessment team invites comment on UNC public safety department
(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 9, 2015) – The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will examine the policies and procedures, management, operations and support services for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s department of public safety. The assessment team will arrive July 12.
“Verification by the team that the department meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation—a prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Jeff B. McCracken said.
As a part of the on-site visit, the assessment team will meet with the public at 6 p.m., Monday, July 13 in the Friday Center’s Bellflower Room. UNC employees and community stakeholders may offer comments at this public information session. The team will also accept telephone comments from 1 to 3 p.m. that day (July 13). Call (919) 962-5002 to comment.
Both types of comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with applicable commission standards. The standards are available for review at the department. The local contact is Capt. Rahsheem Holland at (919) 962-0563.
The team will also accept written comments about the department’s ability to comply with reaccreditation standards. Send written comments to the commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155.
“The UNC department of public safety must comply with 480 standards in order to gain accredited status,” McCracken said. “Being accredited garners public confidence and is a source of pride for members of this department.”
The assessors are law enforcement veterans from out-of-state agencies: team leader and retired Assistant Chief William Buckbee of the Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and Captain Kenneth Rogers of the Mississippi State University Police Department.
“They will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed,” Holland said. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, who will decide on reaccreditation. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with its initial accreditation standards.
About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in all 100 counties. Carolina’s 304,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries, and more than 159,000 live in North Carolina.
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.: (703) 352-4225
UNC Public Safety contact: Randy Young, (919) 962-1502