November 20, 2017
Contact: Chief John N, Vinson, PhD
University of Washington Police
Seattle, WA – The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) is pleased to announce recent state accreditation through Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) at their Fall Training Conference in Chelan, Washington on November 15, 2017.
UWPD is the first agency to complete a WASPC affiliate accreditation program, since they are also Internationally Accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In order to achieve accreditation through WASPC, UWPD proved compliance with 50 core standards not addressed in the CALEA program and are specific to the state of Washington.
“Those law enforcement agencies that voluntarily elect to pursue WASPC Operations or Jail accreditation are not only seeking organizational excellence by meeting best practices, they are instilling higher levels of discipline and accountability throughout their agency. Accredited agencies are not only actively working to minimize risk through best practices they are moving ahead of non-accredited peer agencies by proving compliance with a rigorous set of standards that sends a powerful message to the community that inspires public confidence and trust” said Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett, 2017-18 WASPC President.
“The congratulations for achieving this dual accreditation should be given to all of our team members. It is their hard work and dedication that ensures we meet the standards for law enforcement best practices and compliance,” said Chief John Vinson.