Police accreditation team invites public to comment

A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will examine all aspects of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Police Department policies and procedures, management, operation, and support services on May 5.

Verification by the team that the Police Department meets IACLEA’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence, said Thomas Bickers Jr., Chief of the UTSW Police Department.

University members, agency employees, and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 214-633-1645 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on May 6. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.

Telephone comments must address the Department’s ability to comply with IACLEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Police Department (BLC200). Contact Accreditation Coordinator Akim Singthao at 214-633-1619 to view the standards.


Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the UTSW Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to IACLEA Accreditation, 342 North Main St., West Hartford, CT 06117-2507.

The Police Department has to comply with 240 standards in order to achieve accredited status, Chief Bickers said.

“The accreditation helps ensure our policies and practices are consistent, and underscores that we have in place, and are following, best practices,” Chief Bickers said.

Mr. Singthao said the Assessment Team is composed of experienced campus law enforcement professionals from out of state. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Director Peter Agnesi, Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Debbie Underwood, Medical University of South Carolina Police Department; and Assistant Chief Raymond Bouchard, University of Connecticut Health Center Police Department, Team Leader.

Once the assessors complete their review of the department, they will report back to IACLEA, which will then decide if the Department is to be granted accredited status, Mr. Singthao said.

Accreditation is for three years, during which time the Department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.