UIPD invites public comment during accreditation period

URBANA — The University of Illinois Police Department is encouraging members of the general public to call in and leave comments while a law enforcement team examines the department’s policies, procedures, operations and management.

The evaluation is a routine part of the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) accreditation process. The evaluators last reviewed the University of Illinois Police Department in 2012 and gave the department their highest (Tier 2) accreditation level based on its ability to meet each of 180 evaluation criteria.

Members of the public are invited to call 217-300-5134 on May 11 from 1-3 p.m. to offer comments to the assessment team. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with ILEAP accreditation standards. Those standards are available for public review at ilchiefs.org.

People who are unable to comment by telephone at the designated time can submit a comment by sending an email to Administrative Officer Roy Hanold of the Sugar Grove Police Department at rhanold@sugargroveil.gov.

“Feedback is important to ensuring that the University of Illinois Police Department is upholding the highest professional standards,” said Deputy Chief Tony Brown. “We encourage everyone to voice their opinions – good or bad – so we can make sure we’re serving our community in the best way possible.”

The call-in comments are a formal part of the ILEAP accreditation process, but general comments are always welcome throughout the year by calling 217-333-1216, emailing police@illinois.edu or visiting police.illinois.edu/feedback.