The Franklin & Marshall College Department of Public Safety is an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement institutions in Pennsylvania evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. New operating policies and procedures are created to ensure ongoing compliance with established state-wide accreditation standards.
When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professional assessors from across the Commonwealth is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association that the institution is worthy of accreditation.
Approximately five percent of all law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania have achieved accreditation. Accreditation makes a statement to other law enforcement agencies, and the College community that the Franklin & Marshall Department of Public Safety meets the highest standards of professionalism. There are 132 professional standards and 184 sub-standards by which we are judged.
The Franklin & Marshall Department of Public Safety became the fourth State accredited institution of higher education law enforcement agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania when it received its accreditation award on April 11, 2011. We are the 70th of approximately 1250 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania to become an accredited law enforcement agency.