The police department at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has joined the elite ranks of those accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Less than three percent of all local, state and federal agencies in the United States have achieved this distinction and only 30 police organizations in Texas have achieved accreditation.
“We believe we serve one of the nation’s finest academic institutions, deserving of a nationally recognized police organization,” said UTMB Police Chief Thomas E. Engells. “CALEA accreditation is the gold standard in policing and public safety.”
Earning the distinction was a three-year process, beginning with “recognition” status earned in November 2011, after achieving 102 national standards. To become accredited, the department had to maintain compliance with those initial 102 standards and meet the requirements of an additional 86 standards. The standards cover a wide range of issues including health and safety, legal and other requirements, as well as creating conditions that reduce risk. Accreditation requires written directives to meet specific, detailed criteria and documentation of compliance.
University of Texas System Chancellor Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa has established CALEA accreditation as a goal for the system’s 15 police departments.