Indiana State University Public Safety earns accreditation
June 2, 2015
The Indiana State University Department of Public Safety has earned accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
The action follows a five-step process in which the department developed new written directives and modified existing directives and policies, and a team of experienced campus law enforcement professionals conducted an onsite evaluation. The evaluation included a tour of department facilities, interviews with department personnel and members of the campus community and a review of the department’s compliance with applicable standards.
“Accreditation sends a strong signal that the Public Safety Department at Indiana State adheres to the highest professional law enforcement standards,” said Diann McKee, senior vice president for finance and administration. “Members of the department can be proud of this accomplishment. Students, parents, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus can be assured that the department is truly top notch.”
Fewer than 60 higher education institutions in the country have received accreditation from the international association since it was first offered in 2007 and Indiana State is the first college or university in Indiana to do so.
Other campus law enforcement agencies in the state are accredited by other organizations, but the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators is unique in that its standards are developed by campus public safety professionals.
“The association understands the unique challenges law enforcement faces in a university setting,” said department Chief Joe Newport, a former chief of the Terre Haute Police Department. “In order to achieve accreditation, ISU PD had to demonstrate adherence to more than 200 different standards covering everything from criminal investigation and organization of the department to staff procedures and fiscal management. This is a significant accomplishment.”
Newport thanked all members of the department for their role in achievement accreditation, especially Cpl. Tamara Watts for serving as the agency’s accreditation manager for the past two years.
“She kept us all on task and ensured that the association had everything they needed for the department to achieve accreditation,” he said.
The Public Safety Department at Indiana State has 26 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.
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University Police sergeant named Vigo County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
May 28, 2015
Less than a month after receiving the Indiana State University Public Safety Department's Medal of Valor for peacefully ending a standoff with an armed man, Sgt. Brenda Edington has been recognized with the prestigious W. Kevin Artz Memorial Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award.
The Terre Haute Breakfast Optimist Club presents the award annually in recognition of outstanding performance by a law enforcement officer who works in Vigo County. This marks the second time in three years, and the third time since 2008, that a university officer has received the award.
A 15-year department veteran, Edington was among officers who responded to University Apartments on Nov. 29 when a distraught man threatened suicide. As the department's designated negotiator in such situations, she began talking with the man, who was intoxicated and had locked himself inside his room, and University Police called in the Terre Haute Police Department's Emergency Response Team.
"When this specialized and highly trained unit is called in, it is normal procedure to yield to their process," University Police Chief Joe Newport wrote in nominating Edington for the Artz Award. "In this case though, it was evident that Brenda Edington had been successful at continuing the dialogue with the man that she had established early on. She must have paid attention during her training as she developed a solid rapport and trust with a very confused man. After three intense hours that included several moments where the man threatened to exit the room with a gun, he did come out and peacefully surrendered."
In his nomination letter to the Breakfast Optimists Newport cited what he called Edington's "exemplary display of patience and skill" and said she ‘is a well-respected officer with a reputation of being caring, steady and dependable."
Edington said the incident marked the first time she had called upon her training as a negotiator.
"I had no idea how I was doing and a couple of times I wanted to say, ‘Oh, gosh, I'm not doing anything so I'd better stop," she said. But Chief Newport came to the scene and when she made eye contact with him, "he nodded his head at me and (indicated) to continue. That gave me the confidence and the courage in myself to complete the mission that I was on."
Edington, the first female recipient of the Artz Award, thanked the Artz family and the Optimist Club for the recognition, Terre Haute officers who were called to the scene and university officers she was supervising the night of the incident.
"I didn't have to do anything that night other than negotiate," she said, praising Officers Josh Clifford and Jeff Bucklin for clearing other residents from the apartment building and securing the scene. "I didn't have to do anything that night other than negotiate. I forgot about everything else except that job."
The W. Kevin Artz Award memorializes a Vigo County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty in 1987. In 2008, then-Cpl. Ian Loomis, now a captain in the University Police Department, and Officer David Glick, now retired, were recognized for saving the life of a professor who suffered a heart attack in his office. In 2013, Officer Chris Heleine received the award for pulling a student to safety after his car crashed into several parked cars and caught fire.
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Media contact and writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or email@example.com