JOHNSON CITY (July 29, 2013) – The Department of Public Safety at East Tennessee State University has earned recognition as an accredited law enforcement agency by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP).
ETSU is the first school in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to earn this accreditation.
"This is a tremendous honor for ETSU and I want to thank the TACP for this vote of support for our public safety division," said Jack Cotrel, ETSU chief of police and associate vice president for public safety. "Our Department of Public Safety is comprised of 32 men and women who are dedicated to keeping our campus community safe. I consider it a privilege to work alongside these individuals."
Cotrel commended Det. Jennifer Mayberry from the ETSU public safety staff for her "outstanding work" in leading the accreditation process.
According to TACP, the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program exists "to improve the quality of law enforcement agencies in the State of Tennessee and ultimately the quality of services provided to the citizens of Tennessee."
It was created under the direction and authority of the TACP, which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management and operations.
"This vote of support by the TACP ensures our students, faculty, staff and parents, as well as the members of this community, that the work of our public safety division meets the highest standards of law enforcement," said Dr. David Collins, ETSU vice president for Finance and Administration.
"I commend Chief Cotrel and our public safety team for achieving this impressive distinction and I thank them for their service to this university."
The ETSU Department of Public Safety earned national attention in 2011 when it was the first-place winner in the National Law Enforcement Challenge, hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
ETSU won in the college/university law enforcement division and was recognized for its efforts in advancing various highway safety initiatives, such as "Click It or Ticket" and "Booze It & Lose It" and for hosting several educational programs on campus safety, speeding, DUI prevention, car seat installation and traffic safety.