UCSF Police Seeks Public Comment in Reaccreditation Process

UCSF police officer talks to a man on the Parnassus campus
Photo by Susan Merrell

The UCSF Police Department is undergoing re-accreditation, a voluntary process renewed every three years to demonstrate its compliance with national best practices.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on-site on June 4 to examine all aspects of the UCSF Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and services against the commission’s standards.

Public Comment on UCSF Police

UCSF employees and members of the community are invited to provide comments to assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement at the following:

 

Public Information Session
Tuesday, June 6
3 to 5 p.m.
UCSF Police Department, Tivoli Room
654 Minnesota St.

 

By Telephone
Tuesday, June 6
1 to 3 p.m.
Call (415) 502-0904

In-person and telephone are limited to 10 minutes per person.

 

In Writing
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA)
10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100
Fairfax, VA, 22030-2215
[email protected]

The assessment team’s verification process analyzes the department’s ability to meet its standards, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. UCSF Police Chief Mike Denson notes several benefits of accreditation, including improvements in law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime, agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services, cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, and employee and community confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the accredited agency.

As part of the on-site assessment, UCSF employees and members of the community are invited to provide comments in person, by telephone or in writing addressing the UCSF Police Department’s ability to comply with 484 CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the UCSF Police Department, 654 Minnesota St., San Francisco.

The assessment team – composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies – will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Assistant Chief Sharon Massey, Deer Park Police Department, CALEA Assessment Team Leader, Deer Park, Texas, and Commander Ernest Knight, Univ. of Chicago Police Department, CALEA Assessment Team Member, Chicago.

Upon completion of their review of the UCSF Police Department, assessors will report to the full commission, which will then decide if the UCSF Police Department is to be granted reaccredited status.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the UCSF Police Department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was accredited.

The UCSF Police CALEA Accreditation Manager is currently Captain Jim Brock, (415) 683-8354.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please contact the Commission at: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155, Phone: (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 – email: [email protected].