Accreditation assessment team invites public to comment

A team of Assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will arrive on Nov. 3 to examine all aspects of the Marietta College Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support services, Interim Chief James S. Weaver III recently announced.

Verification by the team that the Marietta College Police Department meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, Interim Chief Weaver said.

College members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by telephone. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team at 376-4992 on Nov. 4, 2013 between 10 a.m. and noon

Telephone comments must address the department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Marietta College Police Department. Please contact Interim Chief Weaver at 740-376-4912 to view the standards.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Marietta College Police Departments ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main Street, West Hartford, Conn. 06117-2507.

The Marietta College Police Department has to comply with 190 standards, in order to achieve accredited status, Interim Chief Weaver said. “The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors has always been a top priority. By achieving IACLEA accreditation, we will receive affirmation that our policies, procedures, management and training meet the gold standard for campus law enforcement.”

The Accreditation Manager for the Marietta College Police Department is also Interim Chief Weaver. He said the Assessment Team is composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from out-of-state. The Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. The Assessors are:

Lieutenant E. Preston Oldham, Wake Forest University Police Department, and Team Leader;

Assistant Chief Robert C. Fey, Ball State University Department of Public Safety.

Once the Assessors complete their review of the department, they will report back to IACLEA, which will then decide if the department is to be granted accredited status, Interim Chief Weaver said.

Accreditation is for four (4) years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.