<p>Brown University’s Department of Public Safety, one of seven police agencies in Rhode Island nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, is beginning its reaccreditation process. A CALEA assessment team will arrive on campus Monday, May 6, and hold a public information session on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.</p>

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will arrive at Brown on Monday, May 6, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Brown University Department of Public Safety. The team’s visit is part of CALEA’s periodic reassessment of accredited agencies.

Brown’s Department of Public Safety is one of only seven accredited police agencies in Rhode Island and one of 62 nationally accredited campus law enforcement agencies in the country. DPS received its initial accreditation in July 1998, and was reaccredited in July 2010.

The accreditation program requires DPS to comply with 480 standards covering policies, procedures, administration, operations, and support services, said Col. Mark Porter, chief of public safety and executive director of the department.

As part of the on-site assessment, DPS personnel and members of the campus community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Metcalf Laboratory, Room 101. Individuals may also offer comments earlier in the day by calling 401-863-7785 from 1 to 3 p.m.

CALEA will also accept written comments about the Brown University Department of Public Safety’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation. Written comments may be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 22030-2215. Additional information is available at the CALEA website, www.calea.org.

Accreditation is extended for a three-year period, during which the accredited agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.