UNH Police Department Recognized
by National Credentialing Organization
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
March 23, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire Police Department
has been awarded certification in the Commission on Accreditation
for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Recognition Program, which
required the department to meet nearly 100 national professional
law enforcement standards.
The department received its recognition certification March 20,
2004, at the CALEA spring conference in Pasadena, Calif. The UNH
Police Department joins some of the state's largest departments
in becoming accredited or recognized by CALEA. Other departments
are Dover, Durham, Goffstown, Greenville, Hudson, Manchester and
|UNH police officials traveled to California
last weekend for the awards ceremony at the Commission of Accreditation
for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) conference. (Courtesy photo)*
The CALEA Recognition Program serves as an avenue for smaller law
enforcement agencies that wish to participate in a professional
credentialing program. Prior to receiving its CALEA award, the department
became recognized by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training
Council, the first to receive “NH State Recognition”
under a revised state accreditation system.
“This is a big feather in our cap. It means a lot not only
to the community we serve and our own academic community, but to
the men and women who provide that safe environment for our students
so they can get a quality education,” said Nicholas Halias,
UNH chief of police.
In order to receive the recognition certification, the UNH Police
Department had to meet 97 standards from the 4th Edition of the
Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies manual. The standards address
life, health and safety issues; legal and other critical requirements;
and conditions that reduce major risk and high-liability exposures.
Officer Sabrina Bohun helped coordinate the recognition effort.
“Accreditation is a process that affects the whole police
department. As with any department process, it takes a team effort.
Accreditation is also a learning experience. It is a chance to evaluate
your policies and procedures and to evolve in harmony with changes
in the law or law enforcement practices,” Bohun said. “I
am very proud of my department because everyone stepped up to the
plate to ensure we achieved this accomplishment.”
The department will hold its CALEA Recognition certification for
three years. At the end of this period, it will undergo a re-assessment
to determine if it should be recertified.
“As a police officer, it is important to me to be doing
the best job I can. Just as I expect the best from myself, I want
the best for my agency. Being a law enforcement officer is a huge
responsibility no matter if you work for a university, a town, a
state, or a federal agency. What accreditation does is put on paper
the good job officers do everyday,” Bohun said.
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in
1979 by the four major law enforcement membership associations:
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization
of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs'
Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
*The department was awarded certification in the CALEA recognition
program. From left to right: Sylvester Daughtry, Jr., executive
director, CALEA; UNH Deputy Chief Paul Kopreski; Officer Sabrina
Bohun, accreditation manager, UNH police; UNH Chief Nicholas Halias;
James O'Dell, chair/president, Board of Commissioners, CALEA.