The UPPD is a fully-accredited police department, and has been since March 2001, through the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)*, which administers a rigorous accreditation process whereby law enforcement agencies must adhere to over 440 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices. The UPPD is the first Pennsylvania university police department to receive this prestigious recognition.
In March of 2020, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police, Maureen S. Rush, announced that the University of Pennsylvania Police Department has received CALEA re-accreditation at the Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation level.
The vote was unanimous to grant re-accreditation at the Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation level. This was the 7th cycle for a total of 18 consecutive years of accreditation. With this re-accreditation, the Department is considered exemplary in the field of law enforcement and will pave the way to increased professionalism within the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
*CALEA: The credentialing authority created through the joint efforts of the following four law enforcement major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.