BCCC Office of Security and Safety receives accreditation

The Bucks County Community College Office of Security and Safety has received accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the leading agency for campus public safety.

Buck’s Office of Security and Safety demonstrated to external, impartial experts its compliance with national standards of best practice in the profession. Fewer than 100 agencies have earned this distinguished recognition.

Bucks Office of Security & Safety is now one of only two IACLEA-accredited campus security agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and one of only three community colleges nationwide to achieve the accreditation to date.

IACLEA accreditation signifies an agency’s ongoing commitment to excellence and state-of-the-art performance in all aspects of its operations. The standards govern the recruitment, selection, training and professional development of agency staff and overall agency operations.

Among the many benefits of accreditation are increased accountability from agency staff and the agency as a whole and a commitment to continuous improvement to maintain operational excellence.

“The accreditation is a direct result of our entire team’s professionalism and commitment to protecting the campus community, as well as the ongoing support of college leadership,” said Dennis McCauley, executive director of safety and security for the college. “It was truly an honor to accept the award on behalf of Security & Safety and Bucks County Community College.”

Achieving accreditation was a multi-year undertaking in which the department’s policies and procedures were completely revised to conform to campus security best practices as specified by IACLEA’s rigorous standards. As the final step in the process, a team of IACLEA assessors conducted a thorough review of the department’s policies and procedures followed by a three-day site visit in April 2024 during which they inspected safety and security facilities and equipment, observed operations, met with team members, interviewed stakeholders and invited public comment.

McCauley accepted the accreditation award on behalf of the Bucks Office of Security and Safety at the June 25 IACLEA National Conference. IACLEA accreditation is valid for a four-year period, after which the agency can apply for re-accreditation.

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