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UWPD Invites Public Comment for WILEAG Accreditation Assessment

The UW-Madison Police Department is taking on a voluntary assessment process to evaluate all aspects of our policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The assessment will be performed on July 19, 2022 by assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG). If our accreditation is approved, this will be the fourth time UWPD has been accredited by WILEAG. UWPD has maintained accreditation from WILEAG since 2012. UWPD also maintains accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) — making us the only police department in the State of Wisconsin to be triply accredited.

As part of the WILEAG on-site assessment, UWPD employees and members of our community are invited to offer comments by speaking directly with members of the assessment team by telephone. On July 19, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., members of the public are invited to call (608) 265-4264 to share feedback. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the UWPD’s headquarters located at 1429 Monroe Street, Madison.

If community members prefer to offer written comments about UWPD’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation, please write to:

P.O. Box 528
Hartland, WI 53029

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written material, interview individuals, and visit offices and the places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are:

  • Capt. Lara Vendola, Team Leader (Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office)
  • Sgt. Cord Buckner (Wausau Police Department)
  • Lt. Phil Noche (West Allis Police Department)

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full WILEAG board, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation status is granted for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, please email WILEAG.

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