The Marquette University Police Department has received accreditation from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG), the governing body for state accreditation in Wisconsin, through its Core Standards Verification program. The voluntary accreditation process measures a department against the highest standards of professionalism to better serve their respective communities. Of the nearly 600 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin, MUPD is among 10% to receive accreditation.
“The Marquette University Police Department is dedicated to serving and protecting the Marquette community by maintaining the highest standards and utilizing the best practices of the law enforcement profession,” MUPD Chief Edith Hudson said. “MUPD shares Marquette’s mission of excellence in all things, and accreditation is a recognition that our department is meeting those high standards. We are proud to join the growing list of accredited law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin and to continue to operate with the evolving best practices of the industry.”
WILEAG’s Core Standards Verification accreditation program consists of 65 standards that incorporate the best police practices. Assessors review written material and proof of department practices. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement professionals from other agencies throughout the state.
Accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards.
WILEAG promotes excellence in law enforcement through participation in a voluntary law enforcement agency accreditation program. Accredited agencies demonstrate compliance with applicable standards covering all aspects of law enforcement administration and operations.
The Core Standards Verification program is tailored for Wisconsin law enforcement agencies providing services to smaller communities and was created to address the challenges associated with a smaller agency’s participation in the full accreditation program. This accreditation process is focused on areas that carry the highest probability of liability for Wisconsin law enforcement agencies, as well as various statutory mandates and administrative rules that significantly impact policing in the State of Wisconsin.
With more than 60 trained public safety professionals, including 48 sworn police officers, MUPD has an extensive safety infrastructure throughout campus and in the near off-campus neighborhood, which includes more than 1,200 cameras and more than 450 Blue Light phones and the nationally recognized Department of Campus Safety.