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UTSA PD sets sights on national accreditation

(May 26, 2005)--UTSA Vice President for Business Affairs Kerry Kennedy announced today the appointment of police chief George Powers to a new role within the department.

Powers will assume the position of special assistant for police accreditation May 27 and lead the department towards accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

"The CALEA accreditation process will require a dedicated individual to complete a comprehensive review and update of all department policies, procedures and operations and I'm confident with George Powers' experience that he will be able to lead the department to a successful accreditation," said Kennedy.

CALEA accreditation is consistent with UTSA's strategic plan toward becoming a premier research institution. Formed in 1979, CALEA was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement agencies to develop a set of standards that meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

Since joining UTSA in 1998, Powers has made significant contributions to the growth of the university's police department and created the Office of Emergency Preparedness, the Police Advisory Board and the UTSA Police Department Honor Guard.

Dan Pena will assume the position as interim chief of police. UTSA will begin a search for chief of police in the near future.

--Marianne McBride Lewis

University Communications
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