JWU Campus Safety & Security Awarded IACLEA Accreditation: First university with non sworn officers in Northeast to receive prestigious recognition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – May 11, 2011 – Johnson & Wales University Providence Campus Safety & Security has been awarded accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), becoming the first institution of higher education with non sworn officers in the Northeast to receive this prestigious recognition.

“The safety of our students, staff, faculty and visitors has always been a top priority for our university,” said Providence Campus president Irving Schneider, Ph.D. “By achieving IACLEA accreditation, we have received third party affirmation that our policies, procedures, management and training meet the gold standard for campus law enforcement and support services. Our commitment to strive for excellence has been embraced by the entire university community, so this is an achievement that is shared by all.”

“We initiated this voluntary process to achieve accreditation to verify that our policies and procedures meet IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards,” said Major Michael Quinn, executive director of JWU Providence Campus Safety & Security, who will be joining President Schneider on June 17 in Charlotte, N.C., to receive the accreditation certificate at IACLEA’s annual conference. “We are proud to be granted IACLEA accreditation, a well known and highly-prized recognition of campus public safety excellence in the law enforcement community.”

Prior to joining Johnson & Wales, Quinn was served as the chief administrative officer with the Rhode Island State Police following many years of service in the detective bureau, where he was widely recognized for his work in forensic investigations.

JWU completed the five steps in the IACLEA accreditation process, including an agency review in February 2011 during which a team of IACLEA assessors examined all aspects of the Providence Campus Safety & Security department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. The accreditation process also requires that the public and members of the JWU community have the opportunity to provide comment about the JWU Providence Campus Safety & Security’s ability to comply with the established IACLEA standards. IACLEA accreditation is for three years, during which time JWU must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

Formed in 1958, IACLEA represents more than 1,200 colleges and universities located in twenty countries. IACLEA provides a forum for members to discuss issues, keep abreast of new ideas and find solutions to the various problems on their campuses. IACLEA’s Accreditation Program began in 1995. To learn more about IACLEA: www.iaclea.org.