The New York University Department of Campus Safety is a fully-accredited campus safety department, and has been since March 2020, through the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)*, which administers a rigorous accreditation process whereby law enforcement agencies must adhere to over 440 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices. DCS is the largest, non-sworn campus safety organization in higher education to receive this prestigious recognition.

Following four years of remote assessments, an on-site assessment in December 2023, and an in-person hearing with CALEA representatives, Campus Safety earned reaccreditation in March 2024.

The video below provides details about the accreditation process and how it promotes positive service outcomes for the Department of Campus Safety and NYU.

Please note the Accreditation video was created prior to the department's transition to the Department of Campus Safety. All references to the Department of Public Safety are equivalent to the Department of Campus Safety.


A CALEA assessor visited DCS in December 2023 to conduct an on-site assessment that included the examination of all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. During the review, the assessment team conducted interviews with agency members and members of the community. The approach not only further confirmed standards adherence, but also considered effectiveness measures, process management and intended outcomes. The assessor also reviewed written materials and conducted a facility inspection for evidence of compliance with CALEA standards.  

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*CALEA: The credentialing authority created through the joint efforts of the following four law enforcement major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.