Accreditation

The University of New HampshirePolice Department is a full service nationally accredited law enforcement agency.  The members of the university community are entitled to a professional department. It is for this reason that we have voluntarily sought accreditation  through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) Accreditation is an intensive effort covering 444 standards and involves the entire agency. 

Accreditation is a method to ensure that the University of New Hampshire Police Department is in compliance with nationwide standards covering all aspects of law enforcement policies, procedures, practices, and operations. Accreditation makes a statement to other law enforcement agencies, professions, and the university community that the UNH Police Department meets the highest standards of professionalism. Through accreditation, it is our goal to provide the University of New Hampshire community the best possible police service with highly trained and community oriented personnel.

The period of accredited status for the UNH Police Department is three years. During this time, our agency must submit annual reports that document continuing compliance with applicable standards. Our agencies next scheduled application for reaccreditation is April, 2013, which will be determined by continuing the self-assessment process and successfully submitting the agency for another onsite inspection. The achievement of accreditation for the department has resulted in improvements in structure, leadership, organization, general direction, and accountability. The process of intensive self-assessment has united the department in its commitment to serve the university community through well-written policies and procedures, objective management, and conscious recognition of the need for law enforcement professionalism.