Public comments welcome at VUPS accreditation visit June 5

An assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will visit Vanderbilt University’s campus on Monday, June 3, to examine all aspects of Vanderbilt University Public Safety’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

“Vanderbilt University Public Safety must comply with 354 standards in order to gain accredited status,” Associate Vice Chancellor August Washington said. “We strive to be an exemplary leader in the field of law enforcement in both the state of Tennessee and nationally. In pursuit of excellence in our service to the Vanderbilt community, it is vital that we not become complacent, but instead seek opportunities to expand our accreditation platform, such as our current efforts to achieve accreditation in our state-of-the-art communications center.”

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Wednesday, June 5, at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Support Services Annex, located at 115 28th Ave. S.

If individuals are unable to attend the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call 615-936-9038 on June 5 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards will be available at the public information session. For more information, contact Capt. Meshia Thomas at 615-875-8166.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about Vanderbilt University Public Safety’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The accreditation period is four years, during which time VUPS must submit annual reports and participate in annual remote web-based assessments attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.