The University of Maryland Police Department announced Monday that it will undergo a voluntary virtual assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

A team of assessors from CALEA will conduct the assessment between Aug. 9 and Aug. 11. The assessment will delve into agency policies and procedures, seeking to ensure law enforcement standards for reaccreditation. 

As part of the process, there will be opportunities for public comment and community feedback. Agency employees and community members can participate in a virtual public information session on Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. Individuals also have the opportunity to call in between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on the same day or mail written comments to CALEA.

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The department has been accredited by CALEA since 1996 and received a Certificate of Meritorious Accreditation award from the organization in 2018. The award is given to agencies with 15 or more years of continuous accredited status.

“We at the University of Maryland Police Department look forward to again achieving accredited status and look forward to reaching our 25th year of accreditation,” University Police Chief David Mitchell said in a statement.

To attend the public information session, community members can pre-register by emailing name, email address and phone number details to University Police Major Carolyn Consoli at