Maintaining Professional Standards
In April 2013, Point Park University’s Department of Public Safety received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association for meeting the organization’s rigorous standards for professionalism.
The PCPA has offered the accreditation program since 2001. In that time, more than 80 law enforcement agencies have obtained accreditation through a three-step process in which they must apply, complete a comprehensive self-assessment, and pass a formal assessment of their policies and procedures by on-site evaluators.
For that process, Point Park’s Department of Public Safety was evaluated on 132 individual standards and 184 sub-standards. The department received its accreditation award on April 3, 2013. The designation made Point Park the fifth institution of higher education, as well as the 75th out of more than 1,250 law enforcement agencies, in Pennsylvania to receive accreditation.
Under the leadership of Jeffrey D. Besong, assistant vice president of public safety and chief of police, the Point Park Department of Public Safety works to provide a safe, securing living and learning environment for the University community. The safety and well-being of Point Park students, faculty and staff is the department’s top priority.