University at Buffalo Police earned the approval of the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Authorities (CALEA), becoming the only police department in Erie County and one of five in the state to receive national accreditation.
This is the latest effort of the department to conduct itself according to professional standards and adhere to the highest professional standards, according to Police Chief Gerald W. Schoenle Jr. The prestigious accreditation organization – which Schoenle said is the “gold standard” of law enforcement accreditation – expressed strong praise for the department, its procedure and its personnel, calling the UB Police Department an “excellent example of professional law enforcement.”
“The University at Buffalo provides a full range of professional law enforcement services to their campus community,” according to the CAELA report summary. “The assessment team was especially impressed with the agency’s involvement in the campus community and the support the university shows for the agency.”
Schoenle stated that “going through the accreditation process has made us a better police department and supports our mission to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the students, visitors, faculty and staff to live, learn, work and play. In these changing times, it is imperative that police agencies do everything they can to respond to the safety concerns of our communities. The accreditation process is a great way for agencies to improve their operations by adhering to nationally known best practices. This was truly a great team effort by our department.”