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Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

June 14, 2019

A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will arrive July 14, 2019, to examine all aspects of the Indiana State University Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Joseph Newport has announced.

Verification by the team that Indiana State University Police Department meets IACLEA's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to earn re-accreditation status -- a highly sought after recognition that demonstrates campus public safety professional excellence, he said.

University members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2019, by calling 812-237-4395. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments must address the department's ability to comply with IACLEA's standards. The IACLEA Accreditation Standards Manual is available on the IACLEA website at

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Indiana State University Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for re-accreditation may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, Attn: Jerry Murphy, 1110 Bonifant Street, Suite 330, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The Indiana State University Police Department has to comply with all 200-plus standards, in order to achieve re-accreditation status, Newport said.

The accreditation manager for the Indiana State University Police Department is Lt. Tamara McCollough. She said the assessment team is comprised of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from both in and out of state. The assessors will review written materials, conduct individual interviews, perform ride-alongs and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Robert Fey, retired assistant chief of police from Ball State University Police Department, and Charles Simpson, team leader and lieutenant from North Carolina Central University Police Department.

Once the assessors complete their review of the department's compliance with the standards, they will report back to IACLEA, which will then decide if the department is to be granted re-accreditation status, McCollough said.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to the department's continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.