JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 5, 2016) – East Tennessee State University’s Department of Public Safety has been reaccredited by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program.
ETSU Public Safety became the first among institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system to earn TLEA accreditation when it was initially accredited in 2013.
“We are proud to achieve reaccreditation, as this signifies that our department meets the high standards of quality and professionalism set forth by the TLEA,” said Jack Cotrel, chief of the ETSU Department of Public Safety.
The TLEA Program is administered by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP). It exists to improve the quality of law enforcement agencies and services provided to citizens in the state of Tennessee. The TACP supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management and operations.In the reaccreditation process, ETSU Public Safety conducted a self-assessment of compliance with TLEA standards prior to an on-site assessment by TLEA officials and subsequent review by the Tennessee Accreditation Program Board. Agencies must provide annual documentation of continued compliance and undergo an on-site assessment every three years to maintain accreditation.