|NCCU Police officials receive accreditation renewal from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) at the organization's conference in North Charleston, S.C., on March 23. From left are Sylvester Daughtry Jr., CALEA executive director; Lt. Andy Miller, NCCU Police; Capt. A.J. Carter, NCCU Police; Belinda Pounds, NCCU Accreditation Manager; Chief Timothy Bellamy, NCCU Police; and Louis Dekmar, CALEA Commissioner|
The accreditation of the North Carolina Central University Police Department has been renewed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Accreditation by the commission is considered an international benchmark for excellence by major law enforcement associations, leading educational and training institutions and governmental agencies.
The reaccreditation came after an extensive review that included an on-site assessment of the department in November 2012. To earn accreditation, departments must comply with nearly 500 specific standards that cover all aspects of police service.
NCCU Police Chief Timothy Bellamy said, “The NCCU Police Department is dedicated to being a professional organization. The hard work and dedication from members of the department have truly paid off. Complying with CALEA standards makes us a better agency. Maintaining CALEA accreditation standards allows agencies to improve delivery of service to the community, and strengthen crime prevention and control.”
The NCCU Police Department received its first CALEA accreditation in 2009, and was just the second department at a historically black college or university to achieve it. The accreditation must be renewed every three years.