The Northern Arizona University Police Department has earned its sixth re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

A team of assessors visited the university in April to examine NAUPD’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The agency evaluates departments on 480 professional standards based on best practices in public safety and maintains what is considered the highest law enforcement accreditation standard in the world.

“This re-accreditation solidifies that the community we serve recognizes their police department is operated in a professional fashion,” said NAU Police Chief Gregory T. Fowler. “CALEA provides a robust model that enables us to both more effectively manage our resources and make more informed decisions.”

NAUPD has held CALEA accreditation since 1995 when it became the sixth police department in Arizona and the ninth university police department in the country to obtain the accreditation.