BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo Police earned the
approval of the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement
Authorities (CALEA), becoming the only police department in Erie
County and one of five in the state to receive national
This is the latest effort of the department to conduct itself
according to professional standards and adhere to the highest
professional standards, according to Police Chief Gerald W.
Schoenle Jr. The prestigious accreditation organization
– which Schoenle said is the “gold standard” of
law enforcement accreditation – expressed strong praise for
the department, its procedure and its personnel, calling the UB
Police Department an “excellent example of professional law
“The University at Buffalo provides a full range of
professional law enforcement services to their campus
community,” according to the CAELA report summary. “The
assessment team was especially impressed with the agency’s
involvement in the campus community and the support the university
shows for the agency.
“It was obvious that the professionalism and pride
exhibited by every member we encountered contributes to the support
they receive from the university.”
Schoenle stated that “going through the accreditation
process has made us a better police department and supports our
mission to provide a safe and welcoming environment for the
students, visitors, faculty and staff to live, learn, work and
play. In these changing times, it is imperative that police
agencies do everything they can to respond to the safety concerns
of our communities. The accreditation process is a great way for
agencies to improve their operations by adhering to nationally
known best practices. This was truly a great team effort by
Schoenle praised Lt. Scott Marciszewski, UB’s
accreditation manager, who Schoenle said steered the department
through the process, complying with all of the required standards
representing the best policies and practices in law
enforcement. Marciszewski and Assistant Chief Chris
Bartolomei accepted the award on behalf of the department at the
CALEA conference on March 23 in Charleston, S.C.
The CALEA committee doing the assessment described UB’s
Police Department as “well-prepared” for this
inspection. They found agency files “well-organized and
“The assessor found the agency to be in compliance with
all applicable standards,” the report summary stated.
“Performance activities were carried out in a timely
manner and required reports and analyses were thorough and concise.
Agency personnel were observed to be knowledgeable and professional
at all times.”
The panel expressed special appreciation for Schoenle, singling
out his dedication to the CALEA process and “using the
process to improve the agency in any way possible because of the
many reviews and analyses that are required.
“The assessment team found the University at Buffalo
Police department to be an excellent example of professional law
enforcement. Agency personnel demonstrated this in every
facet of their operations.”
The University at Buffalo Police was the first SUNY Police
Department to become New York State accredited in 2007 and now is
the only university police department to achieve national
accreditation through CALEA in New York State.