KSU police department receives national accreditation

Kennesaw State University's Department of Public Safety recently solidified its standing as an…

Georgia (Apr 9, 2003) — KSU police department receives national accreditation

Rick Woodall

Abstract

Kennesaw State University's Department of Public Safety recently solidified its standing as an elite unit by becoming one of only 37 law enforcement agencies in the state to receive its national accreditation. Kennesaw State is now the first institution of higher learning in Georgia to have its police department earn this mark of distinction.



"The best efforts of law enforcement go largely unseen‚ and that's true on this campus‚" said Ted Cochran‚ director of public safety at KSU for almost 20 years. "The evidence that we're doing a good job is peace‚ harmony and folks being able to feel secure living here‚ going back and forth to class and being in class."



The accreditation process‚ managed by Assistant Director of Public Safety Kemper Anderson‚ gave the KSU police department a way to quantify its efforts to the community‚ while at the same time serving as a measuring stick that will help officers hone their skills even further in the years to come.



In order to earn its initial three−year accreditation‚ the department was measured against 443 standards set down by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies‚ all but 99 of which were applicable to KSU.



Of the applicable standards‚ 252 required mandatory compliance‚ and at least 80 percent of those remaining had to be adhered to as well. Kennesaw State went above and beyond that number‚ complying at a rate of 87 percent‚ according to the final report submitted by an independent assessment team following an on−site review in December.



That report had many positive things to say about the quality of law enforcement at Kennesaw State University‚ noting‚ "In an academic environment‚ accreditation is synonymous with excellence. The members of this department demonstrated to the team that they are committed to the law enforcement accreditation process and are proud of the service that they provide to the community."



This is not the first time Cochran and his officers have served as a model for others to emulate. To the contrary‚ the department takes a very proactive approach to law enforcement‚ acquiring portable defibrillators for use in the event of a health emergency‚ bringing a K−9 unit on board to patrol the campus and implementing "active shooter" training to help officers respond effectively to the kind of incident that took place at Columbine High School in 1999.



"Everything that you see about the police department‚ the emergency phones‚ the welcome center‚ that's all self−generated‚" Cochran said. "Everything that you see about us was the result of a project that got generated internally. Nobody has ever told us‚ 'You need to go do something.' We think it is part of our job to recognize problems before they become problems and figure out a way to head them off at the pass."



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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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