Accreditation is when a public safety organization reviews its directives, procedures, practices, and operations to demonstrate compliance with best practice standards established by an independent accrediting body. The University of Utah Department of Public Safety, is a candidate agency for accreditation by the Utah Chiefs of Police Association (UCOPA) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). To become accredited by both bodies, the department must demonstrate compliance with a combined 400 standards, many of which are specific to providing law enforcement and public safety services to a campus community. Compliance with these standards is determined during a rigorous, on-site assessment by members of the accrediting body. Accreditation increases department transparency and accountability, promotes professionalism, and ensures the highest quality delivery of public safety services.
The department developed a five-year strategic plan to guide University Safety efforts over the coming years. A group of representatives from across the department began meeting regularly in June 2020 to create a plan that outlines the vision, mission, objectives, strategies, and action plans that provide a foundation for the growing and evolving department and direct its efforts into the future.
The U’s Campus Alert System is designed to reach everyone on campus in the best way possible during an emergency. Most alerts are sent via email. On rare occasions, when every second counts, emergency messages will be sent via text to cell phones. To sign up to receive text notifications, log into CIS and click on the Campus Alert link. Students, faculty, staff and even visitors can also be alerted of emergencies using the U Heads Up app.
The Chief Safety Officer has created new committees and is revitalizing existing ones. These committees include students, faculty, and staff and ensure broad representation is included in public safety decision-making. The new Public Safety Advisory Committee explores policies, training requirements, and diversity strategies. The Independent Review Committee reviews citizen complaints of abusive language, violations of rights, excessive force, and dereliction of duty brought against public safety personnel. Following internal affairs reviews, this committee will be able to comment on policies and recommend procedural and communication changes.
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