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UB Police Seek National Accreditation

Assessment Team Seeks Public Comment on March 26

March 12, 2013
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

The University of Baltimore Police Department is seeking accreditation from the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., and will host a team of assessors from the organization on Monday, March 25, as well as a public comment session the following day. The CALEA assessment team will examine all aspects of the department's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, and will accept public comment as part of the assessment process, Chief Samuel Tress said.

The CALEA assessment is a voluntary process for a police agency to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of a public safety department's professionalism and capabilities, Tress said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, March 26 at 5 p.m. in the Venable Baetjer Howard Moot Court Room in the University of Baltimore School of Law, 1415 Maryland Ave. The building's entrance is located just off Gordon Plaza, located on the northeast corner of Maryland Avenue and Mt. Royal Avenue.

If a member of the public wishes to offer comment but cannot do so during the session, there are two additional ways to participate:

  • By telephone: Call 410.837.5116 on Tuesday, March 26 between 1 and 3 p.m. The phone will be staffed by a member of the CALEA assessment team.
  • In writing: Send a written communication to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155.

Comments offered during the public session and via telephone will be limited to 10 minutes, and must address the University of Baltimore Police Department's ability to comply with CALEA standards.

A copy of the standards is available at the agency’s administrative office, located in Suite 128, 1420 N Charles Street, Baltimore, Md., 21201.

Questions about the CALEA accreditation may be addressed to Tom Douglas, 410.837.4265.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.