The year 2008 was a landmark year for the Department of Police Services. The Department was accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) on May 9, 2008. This achievement capped off over four years of effort to meet 275 professional standards in the field of law enforcement. In a rare occurrence during the assessment process, no adverse findings were issued by the three person assessment team. The high degree of professionalism and commitment to service and public safety were evident to the assessment team in every "corner" of the department. This is a tribute to an excellent effort by all members of the department, both sworn and civilian staff.
This special recognition comes the year after the department moved to a new state-of-the-art police facility. Two major projects coming back to back is a tremendous achievement for any organization. This department has come a long way since 1958 when the California State University, Northridge police department was first established with security guards who received calls for service via a steam whistle on top of the boiler plant on campus. Fifty years later the department has progressed to be a highly trained, professional police force striving to be the very best within the California State University system. With accreditation assessment we exceeded that goal and were viewed by our peers as one of the best in the country.
Accreditation is important to the department in that it provides a professional benchmark with which to measure a campus public safety department's policies and practices. Procedures must be documented and staff given clear guidance. Essentially, accreditation demonstrates to the university administration, the community we serve, local law enforcement and institutional peers the quality of service we provide.
(Right/below, Accreditation Assessment Team reviews the CSUN Police Color Guard, Motor Unit, K9 Unit, Fitness Center and Temperature-controlled Evidence Lockers).