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Public Hearing for Kent State Police Department, Aug. 16

Posted Aug, 10, 2010

The Kent State University Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve international reaccreditation. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the program requires agencies to meet state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information hearing on Monday, Aug. 16, at 5:30 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Room 304 of the Kent Student Center. Parking is available in the Kent Student Center parking lot, accessed from Summit Street on the south side of campus. For those unable to attend the public information session, agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 330-672-1037 on Aug. 16 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with the commission's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Kent State Police Department. The local contact is Lt. William Buckbee, who can be reached at 330-672-3070.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Kent State Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

For more information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, visit

Kent State Police Department is an accredited law enforcement agency. It was one of the first nationally accredited law enforcement agencies in Ohio and was the second university police department in the United States to be accredited by CALEA.

Kent State’s police department has been twice awarded as a Flagship Agency by CALEA, which recognizes law enforcement agencies that represent extraordinary examples of excellence in law enforcement accreditation. Kent State is the first university police agency in the country to be awarded Flagship status and is also designated as a Meritorious Agency for having the distinction of being accredited for more than 15 years.

For more information on the Kent State Police Department, visit

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Media Contacts:
Lt. William Buckbee,, 330-672-3070
Emily Vincent,, 330-672-8595