TLEA grants Department of Public Safety accreditation
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MARTIN, Tenn. – The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program announced that it has granted accreditation status to the University of Tennessee at Martin Department of Public Safety. UT Martin was awarded this achievement during the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) Meeting Dec. 5 in Nashville.
To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing 160 law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment.
The standards address a variety of areas including organizational, operational and budget management practices. The program is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the state of Tennessee. The TLEA program is a valuable and cost-effective way to enhance overall agency effectiveness and professionalism.
The UT Martin Department of Public Safety successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational, and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures.
“The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired. We are proud to recognize the hard work of this department and its staff,” TACP President David Moore said.
“UT Martin’s Department of Public Safety is proud to have achieved accreditation through this program. It has been an exhaustive, time-intensive two-year project that will prove beneficial to the university by the department meeting established best practices of law enforcement Professionalism and by being more accountable to the campus community we serve,” UT Martin Department of Public Safety director Scott Robbins said.
The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is a voluntary program that recognizes the excellence and professional achievement in law enforcement agencies. The program began in 2010 through the hard work and efforts of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. There are currently more than 60 agencies involved in the state accreditation program. It takes commitment, dedication and hard work from the agency head, agency personnel and campus leaders to meet the standards prescribed by the program. The time commitment involves up to a three-year process.
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