As of Aug. 5, 2013, the University of Baltimore Police Department is officially accredited by the International Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. This status follows a commission assessment team's examination of all aspects of the department's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, along with a public commentary period.
Chief Samuel Tress said the CALEA accreditation is the outcome of a voluntary process of UB's police agency to gain official recognition of its professionalism and capabilities. The process was conducted earlier this year, and included a capstone visit to UB by commission officials last March.
"We went through a rigorous evaluation of virtually everything we do as campus law enforcement and public safety professionals," Tress said. "CALEA now recognizes the UB Police Department as abiding by its high standards, putting us in the front ranks of university-based law enforcement all across the country."
Complying with CALEA standards is a goal set forth in 2008 by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents for all police agencies operating on USM campuses, Tress said.