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Indiana State Public Safety earns second accreditation

June 14, 2017

The Indiana State University Department of Public Safety has earned accreditation from the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

The action follows a four-step process in which the department conducted a self-assessment of existing policies and procedures, developed an in-house system to collect information on compliance with standards and underwent a two-day, on-site assessment to earn the three-year accreditation through the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, which administers the development of a set of standards and best practices for agencies across the state. The accreditation is voluntary and is open to both municipal and college campus police departments.

"This recent recognition from the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission demonstrates the professionalism and dedication to public service exhibited by the ISU Police Department," said Diann McKee, senior vice president for finance and administration. "The university greatly appreciates their commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty and staff."

Public Safety is also accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

"The hard part is maintaining the accreditation because we have to prove that we are in compliance with all 192 standards on an annual basis," said Lt. Tamara McCollough, who has been with the department for 11 years. "But being dual accredited shows that our agency is committed to professional excellence and is adhering to the professional standards in policing."

The Public Safety Department has 27 full-time police officers who exercise full police authority and enforce federal and state laws as well as university policies. Officers have jurisdiction on and off campus and are available 24 hours a day throughout the year.

Photo: - Lt. Tamara McCollough poses with the certificate of accreditation the Indiana State University Department of Public Safety earned from the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

Writer: Betsy Simon, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-7972 or