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CALEA Assessors Visit as UWPD seeks international re-accreditation

Seattle — (March 10, 2017) — The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a site visit at the University of Washington Police Department March 20-23 as part of the police department’s application for international re-accreditation.

A public forum at which the community can offer comments is part of the site visit. The forum will be held at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the University of Washington Police Department’s Multi-Purpose Room, 3939 15th Avenue NE, Seattle. Those who want to comment but cannot attend the forum can talk to the assessment team by phone Tuesday, March 21 between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. by calling 206-543-5419. Comments at the forum and on the phone are limited to 5 minutes. Comments should be limited to the University of Washington Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

During the site visit, CALEA assessors will examine all aspects of the police department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and services. The assessment team is comprised of top public safety practitioners from out-of-state agencies, including team leader Chief Vincent Line from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Centennial, Colorado and Assistant Chief Eric Robins from the Sugar Land Police Department, in Sugar Land, Texas.

Verification by the team that the University of Washington Police Department meets the commission’s industry best-practice standards is part of a voluntary process to gain international re-accreditation — a top recognition of public safety professional excellence. The University of Washington first gained CALEA accreditation in 2005.  The department has been re-accredited three subsequent times. This will be the fifth accreditation process for the University of Washington Police Department.

The police department must comply with 484 standards to gain accreditation status. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. Once the CALEA assessors complete their review, they will report back to the commission, which will then decide if the University of Washington Police Department will be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for four years, during which the police department must submit annual reports to show continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially re-accredited.

A copy of the CALEA standards is available at the University of Washington Police Department reception center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Written comments about the University of Washington Police Department’s ability to comply with standards for accreditation can be mailed to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

For more information about the police department and its efforts to reach accredited status, contact Chief John Vinson at vinso1jn@uw.edu or (206) 543-0521 or accreditation manager Shaughna Vaughan at slv48@uw.edu or (206) 543-8469.

For more info about the commission, visit www.calea.org.


R.A.D.: Free Self-Defense Training for Women

The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) offers free self-defense training throughout the year. Check the RAD page for additional information.

      • The program trains women in Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), simple yet effective self-defense designed for women on university and college campuses. The program teaches realistic measures to take that do not require special skills, years of practice, or any particular level of fitness.The UWPD offers RAD for free to community members, including faculty, students, and staff as well as our neighbors in the University District. Class participants praise the class for “inspiring” them and helping make them feel “much more confident” and “empowered.” Students have told us they are proud that they completed the simulation training. For more information, email the RAD program administrator.
      • Registration for Winter Quarter will start January 3, 2017. We will also be offering classes in Spring.
        • Winter Qtr. 2017
          • Days:                    Saturdays (three 4-hour classes)
          • Dates:                   Jan. 21 & 28, and Feb. 4; Simulation Feb. 11
          • Times:                   9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
        • Spring Qtr. 2017
          • Days:                    Mondays & Wednesdays (four 3-hour classes)
          • Dates:                   Apr. 10, 12, 17 & 19; Simulation Apr. 24
          • Times:                   5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Registration Events

        • Check back here for upcoming bicycle and electronics registrations events on campus!


To request disability accommodation for any of our events, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.