The Northeast State Community College Police Department is now the first community college police department in the state to be granted accreditation status by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program. The College was awarded the accreditation achievement at the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) meeting held earlier this month in Nashville.
“Northeast State Community College is committed to providing the best services and educational experience possible to our students,” said John Edens, Chief of Police at Northeast State. “The Northeast State Community College Police Department, by meeting this accreditation standards set by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, has demonstrated our commitment to professionalism as we serve the Northeast State community.”
To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing more than 160 law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards address a variety of areas including organizational, operational, safety, and budget management practices.
Northeast State Police Department successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational, and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures. The program is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee.
Accreditation functions as a management tool establishing expectations of performance and procedures for an agency to follow. Accreditation provides a written guideline for management to operate the agency effectively, and productively aids in working relationships with other agencies and accountability to the citizens they serve.
“The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired,” stated TACP President David Rausch. “We are proud to recognize the hard work of this department and its staff and their accomplishment to be the first state community college to receive the accreditation award,”
Northeast State began operating as a campus police department on July 1, 2005. Each Northeast State police officer is a sworn law enforcement officer with the duty and authority to enforce all applicable state laws including detention and arrest on any Northeast State campus. All received law enforcement training geared specifically for the college environment. Each Northeast State police officer must complete a minimum of 40 hours of annual in-service training in accordance with state law governing peace officer standards and training requirements.
The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is a voluntary program that recognizes the excellence and professional achievement in law enforcement agencies across the state of Tennessee. The program began in 2010 through the hard work and efforts of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police. There are currently 62 law enforcement agencies involved in the state accreditation program, 80 percent of them have less than 50 sworn officers in their departments.