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UTSA Police awarded international accreditation

(Jan. 14, 2009)--UTSA Police Chief David Hernandez will receive an international accreditation certificate on behalf of the UTSA Police Department during a ceremony at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the 1604 Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The certificate will be presented by Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman, a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The award is a prized recognition of public safety professional excellence and is a voluntary process.

A team of CALEA assessors conducted an on-site assessment of the UTSA Police Department from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, 2008. The assessors examined the department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services and determined that the police department meets the commission's high standards for accreditation.

On Dec. 6, Hernandez, Kerry Kennedy (UTSA vice president for business affairs) and UTSAPD accreditation team members traveled to the CALEA conference in Tulsa, Okla., where Hernandez appeared before CALEA commissioners regarding the accreditation. The committee voted to award accredited status, bringing with it the honor of being the only accredited police agency in Bexar County.

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