USM Police Dept. earns continued national accreditation

USM Police Dept. earns continued national accreditation
The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years. (Photo source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi's Police Department earned a continuation of national accreditation for the next four years.

The accreditation was awarded by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies during a March 24 ceremony in Frisco, Texas, according to a university press release. The Southern Miss UPD was the first higher education law enforcement agency in Mississippi to earn the accreditation.

The recognition is the fourth affirmation for UPD and comes after the recent state accreditation through the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission.

"We're grateful to all members of our department for their assistance as we worked through this evaluation process, for the input from the university community and the support of our administration," said UPD Major Chuck Chandler, who manages the department's accreditation compliance. "Achieving national accreditation would not have been possible without their support, and our commitment to employing best practices in our service to USM."