(Aug. 1, 2014) -- The UTSA Police Department will have an on-site assessment this month as part of an accreditation program. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will verify that UTSA meets certain standards. A rare achievement, the UTSA Police Department previously received dual professional accreditation from CALEA in 2008 and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in 2010.
As part of the assessment, members of the UTSA and San Antonio communities and the CALEA accreditation team are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 18 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the UTSA Main Campus.
The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services. CALEA accreditation is a prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards under which it was accredited. UTSA has complied with 481 standards to gain accredited status.
CALEA standards are geared toward community policing, which aid in better relationships between police and the community. The standards pertain to all police organizations including municipal, county, state and university departments.
Those who cannot attend the information session can telephone remarks to 210-458-6780 from 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Aug. 19. Comments by telephone and at the Aug. 18 information session are limited to 10 minutes per person and must address the UTSA Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.
For more information or to submit written comments about the UTSA Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation, write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.
For a copy of the accreditation standards, visit the UTSA Police Department, Bosque Street Building, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio, Texas 78249.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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