Southern Miss police department achieves national accreditation

Southern Miss police department achieves national accreditation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

By demonstrating a commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice, the University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department has been awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®).

CALEA accreditation requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, insightful, uniform set of written directives as well as a preparedness program so that the agency is ready to address natural or man-made occurrences that dictate emergency action. The accreditation award is for three years and the agency is required to maintain continuous compliance during the award period.

Southern Miss UPD Capt. Charles Chandler points out that the national accreditation illustrates the department's commitment to the highest of standards.

"The process of accreditation is something that all members of the department are responsible for … each of contributes in some fashion large or small to our success in accreditation, and to our success in the field," said Chandler.

Chandler notes that the accreditation process is ongoing, but every year the UPD reviews and/or analyzes many different aspects of it operations, training and procedures. Every three years the department is visited by out-of-state assessors who examine all areas of the unit and verify its compliance with the required standards.

The Southern Miss Police Department includes 30 sworn officers, 20 civilian security officers and six dispatchers.

For more information about the Southern Miss UPD, call 601.266.4986 or visit: