Just three people spoke at a Monday afternoon forum that invited the public to tell representatives of an accrediting firm about the work of the MU Police Department.
Lead assessor Dean Tondiglia of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies said the low attendance isn’t a concern because the forum is only a minute part of the accreditation process.
The majority of the assessment comes from call-in sessions, meetings with student and community leaders, ride-alongs and interactions with members of the community.
Feedback from those who spoke Monday was positive. Donell Young, assistant vice chancellor for student engagement and success, said members of the MU Police Department are some of his closest colleagues and are always open to conversation.
The department undergoes accreditation every four years.
The formal commission conference is scheduled for Nov. 16 in Kentucky. A public hearing will be held, and all the commission’s findings will be presented to decide whether the department should receive the reaccreditation.
Accreditation is not simply awarded to any department that requests it. Assessor Pam Kunz said fewer than 30% of agencies that seek accreditation receive it.
The assessors said failure to win reaccreditation would have no direct impact on the department other than losing the status it has now.